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May 07, 2020

Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds Lied to Interview Michael Jackson When He Was 13

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Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds remembers his relationship with Michael Jackson, and how he got his first interview with the King of Pop.

In 1972, When he was just 13, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds got to live the dream of most young Americans at the time. He got to meet the Jackson 5, and interview the then 14-year-old Michael Jackson.

Babyface revealed the cunning plan that got an 8th grader a one-one with the world's biggest celebrities to Oprah Winfrey.

Years later. a now-legendary songwriter with 26 number-one R&B and 11 Grammys under his belt, Babyface would meet up with Michael Jackson again

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THE JACKSON 5 COME TO TOWN

The Jackson 5 had performed at the very first concert Babyface had ever attended back in 6th grade, and when he heard that they were coming to Indianapolis for a concert, and he immediately decided that he was going to meet them.

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He phoned their promoter, Charles Williams, and speaking in his best James Steward voice, told him he was a school teacher named Mr. Clayton and arranged for one of his "kids" to interview the Jackson 5.

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MEETING MICHAEL JACKSON

Babyface presented himself at the Indianapolis Hilton Hotel at the appointed time and was ushered into the room in which the Jacksons were staying. Babyface admitted that he made a beeline for Michale Jackson and greeted him.

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For the next thirty minutes -- which he'd later confess to Oprah were the best moments in his life -- Babyface got to interact with his idol, just two teens talking together. Michael, who was homeschooled thought Babyface was in college, not 8th grade.

1972 was a hard year for Babyface, who lost his father, Marvin, to lung cancer. His mother Barbara was left to raise hee 6 sons alone. For Babyface, his meeting with Michael Jackson was a golden moment in a dark year.

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INSPIRED BY THE JACKSON 5

Coincidentally -- or maybe not -- it was that year that Babyface decided he wanted to be a musician. He started playing with musicians like Bootsy Collins, and it was he who coined the nickname, Babyface.

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MEETING MICHAEL JACKSON AGAIN

Years later. a now-legendary songwriter with 26 number-one R&B hits and 11 Grammys under his belt, Babyface would meet up with Michael Jackson again. By then, Babyface was one of the most sought-after songwriters in the business.

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He was penning songs for stars like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Madonna, and scoring hits on every chart.  Babyface recalls that MJ once phoning him, not to talk about music, but to ask him to set him up on a date.

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MJ asked Babyface if he knew actress Halle Berry, which he confirmed. To the music producer's surprise, Michael had a request for him. He revealed:

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"He said, ‘Could you do me a favor? I want you to call her, ’cause I wanna take her out on a date.’ I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Call her — I wanna take her out on a date.’”

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REACHING OUT TO HALLE BERRY

Babyface, who didn't have the beautiful Halle's number, called her agent in an attempt to get her to go out with MJ. He recalls:

"So I called and get the message to her manager, and he said, ‘What?’ [I said,] ‘Yeah, he wants to take her out on a date.’"

Halle was apparently not interested -- or her affections were otherwise engaged -- and that date with Michael Jackson never took place. 

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A MEMORABLE LIFE

Babyface admits that his life-journey has been incredible, a dream come true, beyond anything the shy 8th grader who interviewed Michale Jackson could ever have imagined.

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Sadly, his icon Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, a victim of cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.

The insomniac pop icon had the anesthetic administered to him nightly by a doctor in order to sleep. The doctor, Conrad Murray. was later convicted of manslaughter by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and sentenced to 4 years in prison.

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