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Mr. Solomon was a prolific author on the lives of prominent musicians, actors, writers and artists and knew them all. From B.F. Skinner to Andre Previn to André LeRoy, he celebrated through relentless writing, cultivation of friends and a friendship with people who believed him honest, above-the-fray kind of guy.

He generally listened in awe to the quirky tales of the exceedingly private Fitzgerald, into who he once called the “garden variety legendary musician.”

He listened in awe to the quirky tales of the exceedingly private Fitzgerald, into who he once called the “garden variety legendary musician.”

Mr. Solomon wrote books for Monroe, whom he wrote a history of before we knew her name, and who he named “Elvira Suter Venezia” (his wife’s maiden name).

He wrote books for Hemingway and Brando, a collector of women’s underwear. He had many books on Russian composer Shostakovich and was fascinated by his reputation for temper and how he found the humility required of anyone in his position.

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