leon ware had written the single “i want you” for a demo recording to score t-boy ross a recording contract with motown. berry gordy heard it and told ware he had to have the song for marvin gaye's next single.
he took it to gaye, who also loved it. later, as ware finished the tracks and orchestrations for his own upcoming album, he was playing it back for friends at gaye’s home when marvin came out of a bedroom to inquire about what it was.
he asked for - and received - all the tracks from ware for the legendary i want you album. this left ware no choice but to compose an entirely new set of songs for his own record; the result is musical massage. (it should be noted that, according to ware, gordy, gaye, and others felt he should also give this album away as a follow-up to i want you, but ware refused.)