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PEOPLE-PRINCE/MANAGER Prince's first manager talks about his protege

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Few people knew Prince as well as Owen Husney, who was the man responsible for securing the contract at Warner Bros records for the young Prince Rogers Nelson.

Speaking at his house in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, Husney told Reuter...

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (APRIL 21, 2016) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS OF PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER OWEN HUSNEY BEING INTERVIEWED
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"I ...

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VARIOUS OF PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER OWEN HUSNEY BEING INTERVIEWED
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"I can't describe the feeling, you know, I'm older than Prince, I'm supposed to go first, not him, he's way too talented, he's been in all of our homes and living rooms and cars and offices and everything and this is not supposed to be the way this is supposed to go down. I'm still in shock, I still don't even know the words coming out of my mouth at this point because it just is surreal and I'm devastated, I'm really really devastated by this."
HUSNEY POINTING OUT RECORDS
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"I don't know who that bodyguard icon guy is, I just know the real human being of somebody that is one of the most intellectually gifted people that I've ever met and someone with an equal amount of drive and focus. You're born that way, you don't get to be that way, you can't go to Harvard and become Prince, you can't do that, you can only be born with it and make sure you utilize it. People would say well, he's a prima donna, knowing Prince, I know he needed that kind of support around him, that he wanted to devote his entire being to music."

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PRINCE AT NEWS CONFERENCE...

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"Prince, yes he was bursting at the seams and yes, he wanted to get...

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"Prince, yes he was bursting at the seams and yes, he wanted to get going, but he methodically took everyone there, and he knew that he had to do certain things to get his audience into him and to take his audience to the next stage, to go from "For You," which was the first album to "Prince," the second album then into "Dirty Mind," he was taking his audience methodically, and so even though he may have been bursting to do all this kind of stuff at once, he had planned it out and thought it out. I don't know, we will never see this. Maybe in another generation."
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"I think that the music will, the business will evolve. I think it's evolving right now. He was so far ahead. He was abhorrent, that Prince would use that type of intellectual creativity and pour everything into it and give to people only to have somebody else own it at the end of the day. I totally understood that. I think he got into a little trouble with the record label at that point because he couldn't stop his creativity and he was coming up with new songs and it just didn't stop. He was coming up with new things all the time, and they didn't want him to put out as many albums as he was doing because they felt it would dilute his audience."

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"My understanding is that he's got his masters back now from Warner...

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"My understanding is that he's got his masters back now from Warner Brothers, it's kind of copyright law, but that he got it back, and I'm very happy to have that and I hope that the business does evolve to allowing artists to now own their own works. They created it."
HUSNEY BEING INTERVIEWED
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRINCE'S FIRST MANAGER, OWEN HUSNEY, SAYING:
"I've heard that there are things at Paisley Park that he records and records and records and that there's things that they'll be unpacking for years and decades to come. I think that he was that sort of Beethoven kind of talent, that this is not going to go away, this is not 'oh, we're so sorry, he died and that was great,' this, there's going to be an everlasting future here that he's going to have because of the gift. So I think his greatest legacy is not that he was a rock icon, not that he was like this kind of an icon, but that he was one of the most gifted musical geniuses we've ever seen coming along, and it's a very tragic day and I'm very very sad and it's not good."

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