Juicy (band)

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Genres R&B, dance
Years active 1982–1987
Labels CBS Associated Records
Arista Records
Past members Jerry Barnes
Katreese Barnes

Juicy was an American musical duo consisting of siblings Jerry Barnes and Katreese Barnes. The group is best known for the songs "Sugar Free" and Beat Street feature song "Beat Street Strut". According to website Allmusic, the name comes from Mtume's number-one R&B hit "Juicy Fruit".[1]


Their debut single "Don't Cha Wanna" was released in 1982 by Atlantic Records.[2] In the same year they also released their first eponymous album, which made it into Billboard R&B chart the next year.

In 1984, their song "Beat Street Strut", released by the same label, appeared in the 1984 musical-drama movie Beat Street and its gold-certified soundtrack.[3] The song was moderately successful on Billboard Dance chart, peaking #46 in July 1984.[4]

Their second album It Takes Two was released in 1985. The album featured an answer record to "Juicy Fruit" called "Sugar Free". It peaked at #13 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and #45 on the UK pop chart, and was certified Gold.[1][5][6] Another moderately successful single from the album include "Nobody But You", reaching number 59 on the R&B chart.[7]

Their last album Spread The Love released in 1987 remained unsuccessful, which resulted in disbanding of Juicy.



Year Album Label Peak chart positions[8]
U.S. U.S.
1982 Juicy Arista #57
1986 It Takes Two Private I #32
1987 Spread The Love CBS Associated Records
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that region.


Year Song U.S. R&B U.S. Dance UK
1982 "Don't Cha Wanna / Give Some"
"I've Got Something"
"Love's A Merry-Go-'Round / Sing The Message"
1983 "You're Number One / Satisfied"
1984 "Beat Street Strut" 46
1985 "Sugar Free" 13 43 45
"Bad Boy"
"It Takes Two"
"Nobody But You" 59
1987 "After Loving You" 84
"All Work, No Play"
"Private Party"


  1. ^ a b ""Sugar Free" review by Ed Hogan". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  2. ^ "Juicy at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  3. ^ Osborne, Jerry (2002). Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Recordings Price and Reference Guide (4th ed.). Jerry Osborne Enterprises,. p. 1995. ISBN 0-932117-37-6.
  4. ^ "Billboard (r) Dance Top 80 (tm)". Billboard/Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 96: 13. July 21, 1984. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "Juicy appearance on the UK pop chart". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  6. ^ "Sugar Free - Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales". Allmusic, Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/hip-hop singles, 1942-2004 (5th ed.). California, U.S.: Record Research Inc., 2004 (originally) the University of California). p. 723. ISBN 0-89820-160-8.
  8. ^ "Juicy - Billboard - Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-31.