Throwback: Juicy-Sugar Free

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Jerry and Katreese Barnes are siblings who recorded three albums for Arista and hit paydirt in 1983 with “Sugar Free.” Some have complained that the song is derivative of Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” but the song has established its own identity just the same. “Sugar Free” is most famously sampled for AZ’s ’95 single “Sugar Hill.” They had another song to chart in 1986 with “Nobody But You.” Jerry Barnes has produced, performed and written for Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Carly Simon, Ashanti, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Raul Midon, Queen Latifah, Diana Ross, Chic, Vanessa Williams, Donald Fagen, Katreese Barnes, Sherrod Barnes, Phylis Hyman, Tony Terry, Maya, Bebe Winans, Bette Midler, Arif Mardin, Nas and AZ.