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Hootie Manager Harmon Quits

May 2, 2001

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Hootie and the Blowfish won’t be holding hands with their manager of 12 years when they head to the studio for their next album.

Rusty Harmon, who helped the band sign with Atlantic Records in 1993, resigned last week, ending a relationship that saw the band sell more than 15 million albums.

The band’s first album for Atlantic, ``Cracked Rear View,″ which included the hit ``Hold My Hand,″ launched Hootie and the Blowfish into pop stardom in 1994 and became the largest-selling debut record ever. Alanis Morissette since has sold more records with her 1997 debut album ``Jagged Little Pill.″

Neither Harmon nor the band members would comment on the resignation to The (Columbia) State.

Drummer Jim Sonefeld said the band is writing songs for its next record, which should come out next year.

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