Prince Has Passed


Today Hancock International College mourns the passing of another music legend. Last week we learned…Prince has passed.

On June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota Prince Rogers Nelson entered the world. At a young age he was very interested in music and began to teach himself guitar, piano and drums. He got his first record deal in 1978 and would go on to have many different names, learn at least 27 different instruments, win 7 Grammys and change the music industry forever.

The New York Times wrote, ‘“Prince recorded most all of his music…playing every instrument and singing every vocal line. Many of his albums were simply credited, ‘Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince.’”

He also wrote many well-known songs for other famous artists throughout the years including, Manic Monday, Nothing Compares 2 U, and How Come You Don’t Call Me.

He pioneered the wave of rock and roll songs you could dance to and dance songs you could head bang to until you turned…well… PURPLE!

As I sit here in Irvine California and look out the window of Hancock International College on to the surrounding area I see a lone Jacaranda Tree known for its purple color. It will serve as a reminder to the ESL Students and Staff that although Prince will never write another song the millions of artists he has inspired will continue his legacy until the end of time.

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Born In The Purple

Born Into Royalty. Purple is a color traditionally associated with royalty. Did you see pictures of the latest addition to the royal family? What a sweet little princess born in the purple!