The guitar icon was found dead in his girlfriend’s London home on September 18, 1970, in circumstances which have never fully been explained, leading some to accusations he was murdered over plans to terminate his management contract.
Wood, who shared a flat with Hendrix for a time, saw him earlier on the fateful evening in Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. Speaking on his Absolute Radio show the Stone said: “Jimi was a really sweet, well-mannered boy, and I’m very honoured to have shared a little space of time with him back in the late 1960s.
“I was with him at Ronnie Scott’s the night he died. He wa walking down the stairs with his arm around this girl and I said to him, ‘Jimi, say goodnight’ – and he didn’t turn round. I said, ‘Jimi, say goodnight!’ and he turned round really slowly, out of his brain, and just gave me a little stoned wave. And that was the last the world saw of him. Very sad, very sad departure.”
Wood reveals Hendrix was never happy with his voice: “I used to say, ‘How was the gig tonight?’ and he’d go, ‘Oh, the guitar was okay, man, but my voice… I really can’t sing.’ I said, ‘Look, you’re not doing a bad job, man, don’t worry about it.’ I’d say, ‘Look, it’s all part of the side-effect. I think it goes great with the way you strum and play amazing guitar’.”