Charles & Eddie

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


Charles Pettigrew and Eddie Chacon met on the New York subway.[1][disputed ]

Eddie Chacon[edit]

Chacon had grown up in Hayward and Castro Valley, California, where he had started his first band at age 12 with neighborhood friends Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Mike Bordin (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.

Chacon lives 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[2]
Genres R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984–2001
Labels Capitol[3]
Associated acts Down Avenue, Charles & Eddie, Tom Tom Club

Charles Pettigrew (May 12, 1963 – April 6, 2001) was an American singer best known as half of the duo Charles & Eddie.

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.[2] Down Avenue was the winner of radio station WBCN's 1985 Rock 'n Roll Rumble. He was best known as one half of the duo Charles & Eddie, who had a worldwide hit in 1992 with "Would I Lie To You?". The track is amongst the most well-recognised R&B songs of the early '90s. Pettigrew met singing partner Eddie Chacon in New York.

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.[4][5] In the late '90s, Pettigrew was diagnosed with cancer; he succumbed to the disease on April 6, 2001, at the age of 37.[1][2]




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 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.

Music videos[edit]

  • 1992: "Would I Lie to You?"


  • 1993: True Romance soundtrack ("Wounded Bird")
  • 1993: Addams Family Values soundtrack ("Supernatural Thing")
  • 1993: Super Mario Bros. soundtrack ("I Would Stop the World")
  • 2005: "Would I Lie To You" (remix) (billed as Musikk feat. Eddie Chacon)


  1. ^ a b c One-Hit Wonders at the BBC, 17 April 2015 
  2. ^ a b c "Charles Pettigrew", Variety, April 18, 2001. Retrieved September 24, 2016
  3. ^ Independent
  4. ^ "Timeline", Retrieved September 24, 2016
  5. ^ Proefrock, Stacia "The Good the Bad and the Funky Review", Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2016
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 101. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Official Charts Company: Charles & Eddie". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-15.