INDUSTRY LEGEND Elliot Roberts, manager of Neil Young for 52 years, died on 21 June. He was 76.
During his career, Roberts also represented artistes such as Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, The Alarm, Tom Petty and Yes under his Lookout Management operation.
Born Elliot Rabinowitz Roberts in the Bronx, New York, he began his career in the William Morris Agency mail room where he met David Geffen. Both left the agency to form Geffen-Roberts Company and signed acts including Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and America.
He and Geffen created Asylum Records in 1970, and merged it with Elektra Records in 1972, to form Elektra/Asylum Records.
“Roberts, among the most respected and beloved music industry figures of all time, leaves an indelible footprint as a pioneer and leader in the business of artist representation,” Lookout Management says in a statement.”
Neil Young posted on his website, “When it came to our business, Elliot guided me through every move. We talked every day. Often I would call him multiple times a day, arguing, discussing, planning and sharing. He was there for me and protected my music with a fierceness.”
Roberts is survived by sons Jason, Ethan, Matthew and Zackary, and partner Dana Fineman.