500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'The Wind Cries Mary'
Producer: Chas Chandler
Released: May '67, Reprise
8 weeks; No. 65
A dish-smashing argument with his girlfriend left Hendrix alone to scrawl the words to "The Wind Cries Mary" in January 1967. A few days later, the guitarist taught the uncharacteristically tender ballad — built around a gentle riff inspired by soul man Curtis Mayfield — to the Experience. The trio knocked out the track in 20 minutes.
Appears on: Are You Experienced? (MCA)