What was it like for you after starting at Motown?
When I first met Diana Ross, she said, 'Oh, it's so good to meet you, Chappy! All Michael ever talks about is Chappy!' When I first met Berry Gordy, he said, 'Oh, THIS is Chappy! All we hear about is Chappy!' *Laughs*... They all heard about me because Michael used to really talk me up to them about our times together before Motown.
In a sense, it seems like the Jackson 5 brought you to Motown.
That's true. That's exactly what happened because Joe (Jackson) got the ball rolling with Motown, and it all started with that whole snowball of meeting them just a few months before. It didn't take long either. I mean, even Suzanne de Passe and all of those people - when I finally got to Motown, they would say, 'Oh MAN, we were DYING to meet this Chappy, guy! The whole time they were recording their first album (Diana Ross Presents the Jackson Five), all they talked about was 'Chappy! Chappy this! Chappy that! Chappy used to do this one thing!'' *Laughs*...
You know, it's so funny for me to even hear myself say all of this because this is the absolute truth. And you know, we were truly just such good friends that these memories have always been special to me. But just to hear myself even talk about them really makes me smile.
GOT TO BE THERE
*laughs*... Yeah, those were funny times. We were always talking about that big hat that he had on, on the album cover, and I'd always pull that hat down over his face, and he'd just crack up.
Fans worldwide who grew up with Michael, knew what he was like on stage. What was he life off stage?
Michael just loved to laugh and play, and have fun. That's what he was all about.
We'd have pillow fights, and then wake up in the morning and have feathers all over the room because Michael would be beatin' on somebody's head until [the pillow] busted open! *Laughs*... We had food fights and throw pies at people.
I remember how he'd be at a table for a birthday party, and he'd order a special little pie or cake, and slam it into the birthday person's face before the party was over. All kind of pranks! He was very mischievous, man. But that's how Michael enjoyed life. He loved laughing and making others laugh with him.