[One evening] Etchingham was trying to make mashed potato and not doing a very good job of it."The Wind Cries Mary" is about an argument over mashed potatoes!
"He comes along and tastes them with a fork and says they're all lumpy," she recalls. "I knew he couldn't cook himself and that's how the argument started. It ended with my screaming and shouting, throwing the plates on the floor and marching out."
Etchingham spent the night at a friend's and Hendrix missed her so much that he sat down to write one of his biggest hits, The Wind Cries Mary.
Mary is Etchingham's middle name and the guitarist would sometimes use it to wind her up.
A broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterday’s
Somewhere a queen is weeping
Somewhere a king has no wife
And the wind, it cries Mary