When walking through Motown's recording studio, label founder Berry Gordy heard a track that caught this attention. Staff songwriter/producer Leon Ware was listening back to a smooth ballad called "I Want You," intended for his own solo album. Gordy thought the song would be perfect for Marvin Gaye who hadn't released anything since 1973's Let's Get It On. Actually, Gaye had heard some of Ware's tracks as he worked on them at Gaye's ranch/recording studio. The veteran singer expressed interest in working with Ware. While the sexual tone of "Let's Get It On" was more explicit, "I Want You"'s romanticism was steeped in a kind of updated lovey-dovey-ness that hearkened backed to such '60s Gaye side as "Forever." Co-written by Ware and T-Boy Ross (Diana's brother), "I Want You" glided to number one R&B and number 15 pop in the spring of 1976. The I Want You album went to number one R&B and number four pop and listed "After the Dance," which was covered by Fourplay on their self-titled 1991 album.