The songwriter/producer reveals he was just a kid with dreams of making it in the music industry when he learned his pop idol would be performing in his hometown - so he concocted a plan to meet The Jackson 5 and land a chat with Michael.
Babyface tells U.S. Tv presenter Oprah Winfrey, "The Jackson 5 came to town and I figured out how to interview them. I lied and said I was a news reporter and got in to interview the Jackson 5... at 12, 13 years old.
"I looked up the promoter (in the phonebook)... and when I got him, I had to put on my grown voice (sic). I had a Jimmy Stewart (classic actor known for his distinctive drawl) impression, that I did back then, so I talked like Jimmy Stewart and said, 'Hello can I speak to Charles Williams (promoter) please...? I hear that you've got these kids called The Jacksons and they're coming to town and I thought it would be a great idea if I could get my kids to talk to your kids. That'd be swell, what do you think?' And he goes, 'I think it's a great idea...!' He took my number down and he called me 10 minutes later...
"I walked in the (hotel) room (for the interview)... there were two beds there: Jackie and Jermaine were on one bed, Marlon and Tito were on the other bed, and Michael was sitting at the table at the end. I walked in and just ignored them (older brothers) and walked straight to Michael and Michael said, 'Hey, how you doing?' I said, 'It's an honour to meet you' and he said, 'It's an honour to meet you, sit down, have a seat.'
"It was unbelievable. They let me stay in there about 30 minutes."