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Len Barry, 78, dies; soulful voice of ‘Bristol Stomp’ and ‘1-2-3’

Len Barry, the lead singer of the Dovells on their danceable early-1960s hits “Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down” and later a solo artist whose career peaked with his infectious love song “1-2-3,” died Nov. 5 in a hospital in Philadelphia. He was 78.

Andrew White, virtuoso saxophonist and Coltrane scholar, dies at 78

Andrew White, a profusely talented and proudly eccentric musician and scholar best known in jazz circles for transcribing more than 800 of John Coltrane’s saxophone solos, died Nov. 11 at an assisted-living facility in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was 78.

Nelly Kaplan, whose films explored female strength, dies at 89

Ms. Kaplan's witty, satire-tinged French films about female empowerment and revenge made her a distinctive voice in a male-dominated era.

Margaret Guilfoyle, trailblazing Australian lawmaker, dies at 94

As a member of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s Cabinet from 1975-83, Ms. Guilfoyle was the first woman to run an Australian government department and the first female finance minister.

Jan Morris, celebrated writer and transgender pioneer, dies at 94

The much-lauded journalist, historian, world traveler, and fiction writer broke news from Everest to Egypt, Jan Morris in middle age became a pioneer of the transgender movement.

Soumitra Chatterjee, globally acclaimed Indian film star, dies at 85

Mr. Chatterjee, who appeared in more than 350 movies, rose to fame playing the title character in "The World of Apu." The film cast Chatterjee in an epic role familiar from canonical works of literature: A young man imagines a glorious literary career but encounters the hard realities of adult life, which he struggles to transcend.

Drew Days, first Black leader of Justice Department’s civil rights unit, dies at 79

Drew S. Days III, who was the first African American to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department and later became solicitor general under President Bill Clinton, died on Sunday at a long-term care facility in East Haven, Connecticut. He was 79.

Jill Paton Walsh, multigenerational writer, dies at 83

Jill Paton Walsh was greeted with acclaim in the 1960s when she began writing young adult books that challenged her readers in both plotting and messaging. There was “Fireweed” (1970), a story of two British adolescents who set up housekeeping in a bombed-out building during World War II. There was “Goldengrove” (1972), about two youths who navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood during an eventful summer.