The former music teacher, who had Prince in his seventh and eighth grade business of music and music theory classes at Minneapolis’ Bryant Junior High, describes the icon as being “introverted” – until he picked up an instrument, that is.
“He was extremely quiet, but when he played music it just seemed like he was a different person altogether,” says Hamilton. “His eyes would light up when he started performing.”
Prince also spent an hour before class each morning jamming with friends in a band practice room.
“He was at the band room door at 8 a.m. sharp every day waiting to get let in,” recalls Hamilton. “After, I would go in and break up the session and make the kids go to biology class.”