Neil Young's legendary manager Elliot Roberts has died at age 76 of undisclosed causes, according to Billboard. Roberts, who was born Elliot Rabinowitz on February 22, 1943 in the Bronx, is best known for his 50-year career managing Young, along with his groundbreaking service to other clients, including Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, America, the Eagles, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, and many others.

As both partners with David Geffen in the pair's Lookout Management and Asylum Records partnerships, and on his own, Roberts played important roles in the careers of such artists as Bob Dylan, the Cars, Talking Heads, Devo, Spiritualized, Mazzy Star, Devendra Banhart, the Alarm, and many others. He managed Joni Mitchell from 1967 to 1985.

Neil Young posted a tribute to Elliot Roberts on his official NeilYoungArchives.com, writing a part:

My friend for over 50 years, Elliot Roberts, has passed away. We are all heartbroken, but want to share what a great human being Elliot has been. Never one to think about himself, he put everyone else first. That’s what he did for me for over fifty years of friendship love and laughter, managing my life, protecting our art in the business of music. That’s what he did.

He was devoted to each of his kids from the very beginning. He would fly half way around the world just to see his family for one day. That’s just the way he loved them. He was so happy with his soul-mate Dana.

When it came to our business, Elliot guided me through every move. We talked every day. Often I would call him multiple times in a day, arguing, discussing, planning and sharing. He was there for me and protected my music with a fierceness. He loved music and managed over the years many greats, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, David Blue, Tracey Chapman, Tegan and Sara, Crosby Stills and Nash, Tom Petty, The Eagles, among others.

Elliot loved making deals for all of us, saving our publishing rights, ensuring we were treated well, helping book our concerts, as well as booking the Bridge Concert with Marsha Vlassic from the very beginning for over 30 years. He made it happen. This world is forever changed for me, for all who knew him and loved him. His memory shines with love.

Elliot Roberts was the greatest manager of all time.

See you at the gig, Elliot.
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Stephen Stills spoke about Elliot Roberts in warm terms, recalling his former-manager and close friend as "probably the kindest, gentlest, and far and away the funniest man I ever worked with in show business. He was also tough as a barbed wire fence, fiercely loyal and keenly observant. (He) possessed a unique ability to recognize a great artist when he saw one. His natural empathy was perfectly suited for his emergence as an enormously impactful personal manager to a collection of the most legendary artists of our time."

Graham Nash said Roberts was "a funny, brilliant friend and devoted manager. 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."

In 2018, while taking part in a discussion for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Elliot Roberts spoke about the connection needed between musicians and management, explaining how the manager leads the way in dealing with record labels: "I had artists who understood that, and if I said, we had to walk, they walked. That's part of the trust that you gave with your manager, is that he will make those decisions for you and with you. And a lot of the times you'll have a strong opinion and the artist will go, 'No, I don't buy that, that's not what I wanna do.' Then you kill for whatever he does wanna do. But there has to be a trust between the artist and the manager. I've never had a contract with any of my artists. I managed a lot of people from Tracy Chapman, the Eagles, Tom (Petty), Bob (Dylan), Neil (Young), Joni (Mitchell), Fishbone -- and I've never had a contract. Because I've always believed, if it's working it's working. If it's not working -- it's not working."

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