Jimi Hendrix was born 74 years ago today (November 27) – which is all the excuse we need to revisit the life of a true rock ‘n’ roll great. Here’s 20 things you never knew about the guitarist, including the fact that his manager Mike Jeffrey once arranged for him to be kidnapped by the mafia following a dispute over his recording deal.
Jimi had many talents. Water skiing was not one of them. According to Jon Roberts’ ‘American Desperado’, he almost once died in a accident at sea. “Jimi’s out there – no life vest on – and he falls off the skis. He’s in the water thrashing around… Suddenly, I’m wondering if he can even swim. I had some good times with Jimi, but he was a disaster on water skis.”