Release of Tapes in Beatles Suit on Hold

MIAMI (AP) -- A company in a court fight with the Beatles has agreed not to release recordings purportedly made during Ringo Starr's first performance with the group until the case is resolved.

A federal judge on Friday approved the agreement between Apple Corps Ltd., the London-based group formed by the Beatles that helps guard their legacy, and Miami Lakes-based Fuego Entertainment, Inc.

The dispute stems from recordings the Fab Four apparently made in 1962 during a performance at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. Eight unreleased tracks are said to be among the recordings, including Paul McCartney singing Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" and McCartney and John Lennon singing "Ask Me Why."

Apple Corps claims the songs were taped without the band's consent and that Fuego and sister companies Echo-Fuego Music Group LLC and Echo-Vista Inc. have no right to distribute them.

Fuego's attorney Michael Joblove said the agreement was voluntary and that his clients claim they acquired the legal right to market the recordings.

"This is an injunction that was agreed to by our clients with no admission of liability to give the court time to consider the parties' claims regarding the ownership interests in these recordings," Joblove said.

New York-based attorney Paul LiCalsi, who represents Apple Corps, said the agreement "clearly reflects that there is no basis for Fuego's claims that they have a right to exploit the tapes."

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