Michael once showed up to rehearsal wearing a pair of mismatched sox. When I asked him about it, he explained that he got dressed in a rush. The next day at rehearsal, he made a point to show me his sox. Excitedly pointing to his feet, he said, "Look, Sid." I looked down responding, "Yeah, Michael, they match each other, but they don't match with nothin' else you've got on!"
Michael had a childlike sense-of-humor. While in the studio recording our duet "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", he began tossing popcorn in my face in an effort to make me mess-up. Producer Quincy Jones, not seeing this, began to chastise me for flubbing the takes. Michael, on the other hand, was just CRACKING UP! Love you MJ.
One day Michael asked me, "Sid, why do black girls move their necks from side to side sometimes when they're telling you something?" I said, "That's so you can have something to focus on while you are bein' read!"
After Michael approved the song demo of “Man In The Mirror”, Quincy asked me to come to the studio to record a new guide vocal in a lower key. Michael came in and personally videotaped the entire session. Totally surreal! But, can you imagine what other rare footage is stored in his vaults?
When I asked him why, [he videotapes] he remarked, “because I love your energy and the way you sing it, and I want to sing it just like you.” I said, “Yeah, right, Mike, my friends are actually gonna believe me when I tell them that Michael Jackson said HE wants to sing like ME.”
I was always moved by the fact that Michael, in spite of all of his fame and success, continued to maintain a humble spirit and demeanor. Whenever we were in the studio together, he always made me feel that he could learn as much from me as I could learn from him.
We were in Romania on the "Dangerous World Tour." At one point in the show, all of the music would stop, and everyone on stage would freeze. One night I froze bent at the hip with my bottom in the air. Next thing I knew, MJ stood behind me and gave me one good spank on the bottom. I popped up like a jack-in-the-box! He knew I wasn't expecting that. The look of shock on my face was priceless as he giggled and danced away. The next time I saw him, he asked me how I felt about it. My response? "Why didn't you use BOTH hands?!" LOL!
One night while on stage performing our duet “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, I accidentally sang Michael’s part. Then when it came time for him to sing, he gave me a look like “WTF?”