Yoko Ono has refused to co-operate with singer/songwriter BRUCE BIERMAN's plans to release material he composed with her late husband John Lennon.

Little-known rocker Bierman struck up a friendship with the IMAGINE star in New York City during the 1970s and the pair soon began a composing and recording partnership.

After Bierman announced plans to release the unheard Lennon material, named Central Park, SURPRISE and ONE LONELY TEAR last year (05), he hoped Ono would give her blessing to the recordings.

He says, "I had a meeting and sent Yoko my recordings at her request. I thought she would be interested in getting this stuff out. I was disappointed she chose not to assist.

"Isn't it time people heard something new of Lennon, rather than the same repackaged material?"