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BLP sources Template:COI POV! Eddie Chacon is an American musician best known as one half of 90s duo Charles & Eddie who had a major worldwide hit with Would I Lie to You? in 1993. Would I Lie to You? won three Ivor Novello Awards in 1993 (for Best Contemporary Song, Best Selling Song and International Hit of the Year). Since 2011, Chacon has been working as a photographer.[no citations needed here]
He began his career as a staff songwriter for CBS Songs.[no citations needed here] His demo of "All You Need Is Love" fell into the hands of Columbia Records president, Mickey Eisner who signed him to his first major record deal. After working with producer Richard James Burgess (Buggles) he struggled to find his own voice. His LP was shelved after the disappointing performance of his début single, "All You Need Is Love." Meanwhile, his song writing career got off to a promising start. His first recorded song was the Feargal Sharkey (The Undertones) single, "Out of my System", released on Virgin Records in 1988.
Unable to let go of his singing dream, he moved to Miami and signed on with Luke Skyywalker Records (Luther Campbell). His solo record "Sugaree" (released January 1989, under the pseudonym Edward Anthony Luis) stalled when he began working as a second engineer on 2 Live Crew's controversial record, As Nasty As They Wanna Be. After a move back to Los Angeles The Dust Brothers started producing him in the hopes of signing him to their newly formed label Nickelbag Records. He was happy with the music but felt the project was moving too slowly so he moved to New York City and began working with famed rapper Daddy-O (Stetsasonic).
It was there that he had a meeting on a subway train with Charles Pettigrew (chronicled in Charles & Eddie #33 UK hit, "New York City"). Shortly thereafter, they were signed as duo Charles & Eddie by a junior A & R person at Capitol Records, Josh Deutsch (who eventually founded Downtown Records and RCRD LBL in 2006). The duo had four Top 40 hits in the UK ("Would I Lie to You" #1, "New York City" #33, "House Is Not a Home" #29 and "24-7-365" #38) before disbanding in 1996 due to the untimely deaths of Charles's father and sister. Eddie went back to songwriting and co-wrote, Save our Love, which went on to be one of six Top 20 hits in the UK's third biggest record of all time in England by a girl group, Eternal.
In 1998 Chacon wrote another Top 40 hit in the UK, "Searchin' for a Soul" (UK #28) recorded by Conner Reeves. In 1994, Chacon wrote a #1 hit in Scandinavia, "All It Takes" (1994 EMI/Medley Records) for the Danish singer Hanne Boel. Chacon eventually moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2001 to write and co-produce several chart toppers with Poul Bruun (discovered and produced, Gasolin']. In 2001 his former partner,Charles died at the age of 37 due to cancer.Together they worked on Hanne Boel's #1 record "Beware of the Dog" (EMI/Medley 2002), co-produced and wrote #1 album, Erann DD, Thats the Way for Me (Columbia Records,2003) and #1 single by Erann DD, "Didn't I Tell You (That I Love You)". In 2004 he wrote both singles on Hanne Boels #2 album Abaco (Warner brothers Records, 2004), "While You Were Out" and "Wonderland". In 2007, Chacon wrote Top 40 hit, "Preacher", taken from Hanne Boel's, Private Eye.
From 2008 to 2011, Chacon released three full-length electronic disco influenced records under the name The Polyamorous Affair, a duo he formed with his spouse, Sissy Sainte-Marie.[no citations needed here]
- Mayer, Dana (13 March 1993). "Magic's in the Music and the Music's in These". Billboard. pp. 85–90. http://books.google.com/books?id=0w8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA86&dq=%22Eddie+Chacon%22&hl=en&ei=xVhMTurZJofGgAfxz5Fz&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&sqi=2&ved=0CEQQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22Eddie%20Chacon%22&f=false. Retrieved 18 August 2011.