Those following the copious amounts of
new old Prince material that has flooded the web in the weeks since his death, have likely run across the name Owen Husney more than a few times. It was Husney that served as Prince’s very first manager. His basement played host to that exceptional display of the young master’s talents on the Loring Park Sessions recordings; an all instrumental album that featured a 19-year-old Prince, Bobby Z and Andre Cymone wrecking each and every instrument they touched.
Recently, Husney sat with NPR to discuss the legacy of his former client and life-long friend, delving into some of his earliest memories of the prodigiously purple icon, how he helped secure Prince’s landmark contract that granted him complete creative control (to this day, practically unheard of) and how Prince helped to define what is now known as the “Minneapolis sound.” He speaks to the vault and its seemingly boundless contents and remembers the soft-spoken, yet silver-tongued musical genius like few are able. You can hear Owen Husney recall some of his fondest memories of Prince in the player below. Stay tuned as we continue to round up all of the Prince dedications the internet has to offer.