Sol Leibner

Sol Leibner, prominent music industry accountant, died Wednesday Sept. 12 of natural causes in Long Beach, N.Y. He was 92.

During the 1950s, Leibner carved his niche when he did accounting for such music publishing firms as Von Tilzer Music, Fred Fisher Music and the Sinatra catalog of the Capitol Records years (Maraville & Sands).

During the late 1950s and early ’60s, he represented such record labels as Laurie, Bang and Bob Crewe. Around this time, famed attorney Louis Nizer used Leibner as a key witness in the Chiquita Banana infringement suit.

In 1965, Leibner helped form N.S. Bienstock Inc., which has become one of the leading talent agencies for journalists in the TV industry. The agency’s roster of clients includes Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, Diane Sawyer, Paula Zahn and Bill O’Reilly.

His most prominent client and confidant as well as friend of many years was author John Steinbeck. His other clients included the Four Lads, Robert Clary, Carolyn Leigh and Janis Ian.

Leibner was a native of Brooklyn who graduated from City College of New York.

His wife of 59 years, Eleanor, predeceased him. He is survived by two sons, seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild and a brother.

Family suggests donations inLeibner’s name be made to Mercy Hospice, 1220 Front Street, Uniondale, NY 11553 or Beth Shalom of Kings Bay, 2710 Avenue X, Brooklyn, NY 11235.

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