Charles & Eddie

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Charles & Eddie
OriginNew York, NY
GenresSoul, neo soul, R&B
Years active1990–1995
LabelsCapitol Records
Past membersCharles Pettigrew
Eddie Chacon

Charles & Eddie were an American soul music duo composed of Charles Pettigrew and Eddie Chacon. Their single "Would I Lie to You?", taken from their 1992 debut album, Duophonic, won Ivor Novello Awards in 1993 in the Best Contemporary Song, Best Selling Song and International Hit of the Year categories.

Career as a duo[edit]

Pettigrew and Chacon were rumored to have met on the New York City Subway in 1990.[1][2][disputed ] They released their debut album, Duophonic, on Capitol Records in 1992. It includes the singles "Would I Lie to You?", "N.Y.C." and "House Is Not a Home" and was influenced by classic soul music.[2] Their second and final album, Chocolate Milk, included "Wounded Bird", which was written and recorded for the film True Romance. It was released in 1995.[3]


Eddie Chacon[edit]

Chacon was raised in Hayward and Castro Valley, California. He started his first band at age 12 with neighborhood friends Cliff Burton (later of Metallica) and Mike Bordin (later of Faith No More). Post-Charles & Eddie, Chacon went on to write and produce several hit songs, mostly in Europe.[citation needed]

He is fashion director for art/culture magazine Autre and around 2019 signed to Warner Brothers/Quattro Records in Europe to release new music. In 2019 he released his first ever solo single, "Rumors or Lies?"[4]

Charles Pettigrew[edit]

Charles Pettigrew
BornMay 12, 1963 (1963-05-12)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedApril 6, 2001(2001-04-06) (aged 37)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[5]
GenresR&B, soul
Years active1984–2001
Associated actsDown Avenue, Charles & Eddie, Tom Tom Club

Pettigrew was raised in Philadelphia. He studied jazz singing at Berklee College of Music in Boston and was lead singer of the band Down Avenue.[5] Down Avenue was the winner of radio station WBCN's 1985 Rock 'n Roll Rumble.

In 1998, Pettigrew toured with Tom Tom Club (Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth), and went on to join the group, co-writing and singing on several songs until becoming too ill to perform.[6][7]

In the late 1990s, Pettigrew was diagnosed with cancer. He succumbed to the disease on April 6, 2001 at the age of 37.[1][5]




Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1992 "Would I Lie to You?" 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 3 3 3 1 13 Duophonic
1993 "NYC (Can You Believe This City?)" 33 20 28 32 29 73 2
"House Is Not a Home" 29 36 59 2
"Shine" (FRA only) 3
1995 "I'm Gonna Love You (24-7-365)" 38 47 58 26 23 Chocolate Milk
"Jealousy" 68 39
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released.



  1. ^ a b One-Hit Wonders at the BBC
  2. ^ a b Sheila Rule, "The Pop Life," The New York Times, January 13, 1993.
  3. ^ Robert Christgau, Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2000, p. 53
  4. ^ Miller, Dan (2 July 2019). "Eddie Chacon "Rumors or Lies?"". DJ Times. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Charles Pettigrew". Variety. April 18, 2001. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Timeline". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Proefrock, Stacia. "The Good the Bad and the Funky Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 101. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  10. ^ "Official Charts Company: Charles & Eddie". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-15.