Elliot Roberts, who worked as Neil Young’s manager since 1967, has died at 76.
The esteemed manager also developed the careers of many rock icons including the likes of Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and more.
“Elliot was a funny, brilliant friend and devoted manager,” Young’s publicist confirmed to Variety. “His life touched many people, and he brought forth the best in people. He was the glue that kept CSNY together in our early years and I will certainly miss him with sadness in my heart.
After graduating from high school and dropping out of two colleges, Roberts attempted a career in acting before going to work for the William Morris Agency where he met David Geffen, an agent at the firm.
Roberts becoming close friends with Geffen, later formed Lookout Management alongside his new business partner, and helped to create Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1970, which merged with Elektra Records in 1972 to form Elektra/Asylum Records.
Roberts’ impact on alternative rock music has deep roots in the foundations, his working relationship with Neil Young has been documented as longest-lasting manager/client relationship in rock ‘n’ roll history.