Charles and Eddie

Would I lie to you baby? is the 1992 hit, written by Mike Leeson and Peter Vale, performed by Charles & EddieCharles Pettigrew and Eddie Chacon. The song is on their album, Duophonic. I heard the song being played on the radio (Galgalatz) recently, more than once. That triggered a desire to hear it again – I do remember when it first came out – so I went to YouTube, found it there, and played it again.

It’s a great song. I don’t typically like this kind of music – R&B? Soul? – but this song calls to me. That’s the best way I can put it. Their voices are wonderful.

Watch the video, and and tell me what you see. (By the way, Charles has the short hair, and Eddie has the long hair.)

I see Charles Pettigrew performing. His smile is inspiring. he is alive, and his outward appearance matches the upbeat, joyful, loving nature of the song. But I see Eddie Chacon hesitating, holding back. It’s as if he didn’t want to be there.

I did some quick research on the internet and found this:

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

So sad. When I read about his death, it shook me. I mourned his passing. It hurt. Illogical, but that’s how it was.

And then I wondered if I had found an explanation for Eddie’s hesitancy in the video. Did he somehow sense that Charles was going to die an early death? Did he somehow know that Charles’ incredible talent was going to be taken so soon? Did he feel pain about the joy Charles was exhibiting? Was he just camera shy?

The only consolation I can offer is that Charles Pettigrew will live forever because of this performance.