(CelebrityAccess) — Elliot Roberts, the music manager and label exec who played a key role in the careers of artists like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, has died. He was 76.
Elliot’s passing was first publicly reported by the noted talent manager Harvey Goldsmith but was later confirmed by a publicist for Robert’s clients, who told The Wrap that he died on Friday morning.
No cause of death was disclosed.
Roberts helped to shepherd the careers of numerous singer-songwriters in the late 1960s and 1970s, including Tom Petty, Tracy Chapman, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, and the Talking Heads, among others.
After graduating from high school and dropping out of college, Roberts tried his hand briefly at acting before he secured a position at the William Morris Agency, where he met David Geffen, who was also a new agent at the time.
He went on to form Lookout Management with Geffen and founded Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1970, which merged with Elektra Records in 1972.
Roberts also served as a senior vice president for his longtime client Neil Young’s ill-fated Pono digital music player.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.