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
Pettigrew and Chacon were rumored to have met on the New York City Subway in 1990. 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. 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.
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.
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?"
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. Down Avenue was the winner of radio station WBCN's 1985 Rock 'n Roll Rumble.
In the late 1990s, Pettigrew was diagnosed with cancer. He succumbed to the disease on April 6, 2001 at the age of 37.
- 1992: Duophonic – US #153, AUS #83, UK #19
- 1995: Chocolate Milk
|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||—|
|1995||"I'm Gonna Love You (24-7-365)"||38||—||—||47||—||58||—||26||—||—||—||23||—||Chocolate Milk|
- 1993: "Wounded Bird" (True Romance soundtrack)
- 1993: "Supernatural Thing" (Addams Family Values soundtrack)
- 1993: "I Would Stop the World" (Super Mario Bros. soundtrack)