Georges Conchon, 65, author of prize-winning novels and a screenwriter for an Oscar-winning film, died July 28 at a hospital in Paris. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Conchon's first novel was published in 1953. His 1959 novel "La Corrida de la Victoire" won the Prix des Libraires, and his 1964 novel "L'Etat Sauvage" won the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award.

He also wrote scripts for several popular French films and wrote the 1976 film "Black and White in Color" with director Jean-Jacques Annaud. Winner of the Oscar for best foreign film, the movie was a satirical depiction of colonial life in French West Africa in 1915.


Singer and Band Leader

Bobby Day, 60, a singer and band leader who recorded "Rockin' Robin," "Little Bitty Pretty One" and other doo-wop hits, died of cancer July 27 at a hospital in Los Angeles.

Mr. Day wrote "Little Bitty Pretty One" and recorded it in 1958. But Thurston Harris, who recorded a more up-tempo version of it with Mr. Day's blessing, had the bigger hit that year.

Mr. Day was the first to record the Jimmie Thomas song "Rockin' Robin," and his version hit No. 2 on the billboard charts in 1958. The song became a hit again many years later for the Jackson 5. Mr. Day's other recordings included "Over and Over" in 1958, and "The Bluebird, The Buzzard & The Oriole," "Gotta New Girl" and "That's All I Want," all in 1959.


French Culture Minister

Michel Guy, 63, a former French minister of culture and director of the annual Fall Festival in Paris, died July 30. The place and cause of death were not reported.

Mr. Guy served as culture minister from 1974 to 1976 under Premier Jacques Chirac. He founded the Fall Festival in 1972 and had served as its director every year since, except during his stint in the Cabinet. The festival built a reputation for attracting avant-garde artists in varied fields and from diverse ethnic backgrounds.



Jill Esmond, 82, a film and stage actress and the first of Laurence Olivier's three wives, died July 28 at her home in London. The cause of death was not reported.

Miss Esmond appeared in such films as "The White Cliffs of Dover" and "Random Harvest." She married Olivier in 1930. They divorced in 1940, their marriage broken under the strain of Olivier's infatuation with actress Vivien Leigh, whom he married the next year.