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DENNY DOHERTY, 66 Folk-rock musician

Denny Doherty, a founding member of the 1960s folk-pop band the Mamas and the Papas, died Friday at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He had suffered kidney problems after surgery last month and had been put on dialysis.

With chiming guitars and rich, meticulous harmonies that could be tinged with darkness, the Mamas and the Papas became one of the most popular and influential American bands of the time between the Beatles' arrival and Woodstock.

The group burst on the national scene in 1966 with the top-10 smash "California Dreamin'" Their enduring hits, including "Monday, Monday" and "Dedicated to the One I Love," mixed the gentle jangle of folk with a rock backbeat and sweet, layered pop vocals.

Though John Phillips was the group's principal songwriter, Mr. Doherty sang most of the male leads in a clear, friendly tenor that he occasionally punctuated with rock 'n' roll growls.

In 1998, the Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003, Mr. Doherty was co-author and performer in an off-Broadway show called Dream a Little Dream: The Mamas and the Papas Musical. It traced the band's early years, its dizzying fame and breakup amid drugs and alcohol and an affair between Mr. Doherty and Michelle Phillips.

JULIE W. BERTRAND, 115 World's oldest woman

Julie Winnifred Bertrand, reputedly the world's oldest woman, died Thursday in her sleep at the Montreal nursing home where she had lived the last 35 years.

Miss Bertrand was born Sept. 16, 1891, in the Quebec town of Coaticook. She became the world's oldest woman last month, after the death of Elizabeth Bolden, a Tennessee woman born Aug. 15, 1890, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The designation made her an instant celebrity. Miss Bertrand's niece, Elaine Sauciere, 70, said the fame her aunt acquired late in life was "unbelievable." A British film crew had just requested an interview with Miss Bertrand for a documentary on people who lead long lives. The work also is to feature Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico, the world's oldest person, who was 26 days older than Miss Bertrand.

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