Charles & Eddie

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Charles & Eddie
Origin New York, NY
Genres Soul, neo soul, R&B
Years active 1990–1995
Labels Capitol Records
Past members Charles Pettigrew
Eddie Chacon

Charles & Eddie were an American soul music duo composed of Charles Pettigrew and Eddie Chacon. They are primarily known for their single "Would I Lie to You?", taken from their 1992 debut album, Duophonic. The song 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 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, was released in 1995.[3]

Members[edit]

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). Later Chacon moved to Los Angeles, Miami, London and Copenhagen where his career moved more into songwriting and production. He wrote several hit songs, mostly in Europe.[citation needed]

Chacon resides in Los Angeles and fronts the electronic duo The Polyamorous Affair with Sissy Sainte-Marie. In 2009, The Polyamorous Affair released the album Bolshevik Disco.[1]

Charles Pettigrew[edit]

Charles Pettigrew
Born May 12, 1963 (1963-05-12)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died April 6, 2001(2001-04-06) (aged 37)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[4]
Genres R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984–2001
Labels Capitol
Associated acts Down 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.[4] Down Avenue was the winner of radio station WBCN's 1985 Rock 'n Roll Rumble.

In 1998, Pettigrew toured with Tom Tom Club (Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth), and went on to join the group, co-writing and singing on several songs until becoming too ill to perform.[5][6]

In the late 1990s, Pettigrew was diagnosed with cancer; he succumbed to the disease on April 6, 2001, at the age of 37.[1][4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
IRE NLD BEL
(FLA)
FRA GER AUT SWI SWE NOR AUS
[7]
NZ US
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.

Others[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c One-Hit Wonders at the BBC 
  2. ^ a b Sheila Rule, "The Pop Life," 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. ^ a b c "Charles Pettigrew". Variety. April 18, 2001. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Timeline". tomtomclub.com. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ Proefrock, Stacia. "The Good the Bad and the Funky Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 101. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ "Official Charts Company: Charles & Eddie". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-15.