It was the first time my innocence
met with the sins of dance.

The Sugar Shack, painted by pro football player (i.e. Baltimore Colts & San Diego Chargers) Ernie Barnes was popularized by the 1970s sitcom ‘Good Times’ and Marvin Gaye who used the piece for his 1976 ‘I Want You’ album cover.

The Sugar Shack was based on Barnes’ childhood memory of sneaking into an adult affair. He recounted, “It was the first time my innocence met with the sins of dance. [It’s] to show that African Americans utilize rhythm as a way of resolving physical tension.”

The painting was also celebrated via dance on the ‘Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever’ anniversary special in 1983.