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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 15:50 GMT
Beatles DJ Bob Wooler dies
The DJ credited with launching the pop career of the Beatles after their return from Hamburg has died.

Bob Wooler, who was 76, organised the band's first major gig after they came back from Germany in 1960 and introduced them on stage hundreds of times at Liverpool's legendary Cavern club.

The former docks railway clerk was present at the Beatles' first meeting with manager Brian Epstein.

He was invited to follow Epstein and the band when they relocated to London, but chose to stay in his native Liverpool.


Singapore bans Zoolander film

US comic Ben Stiller's movie Zoolander has been banned in Singapore.

Authorities there have not said why the comedy, based in the world of male modelling, has been pulled from cinemas just before it was to be released.

The film was also axed in Malaysia as it depicts a plot to kill that country's prime minister.

Singapore typically censors or bans films and publications deemed to have excessive amounts of sexual or drug references.


'George' composer dies

Sheldon Allman, who composed music for the cartoon series George of the Jungle and comedy Mister Ed, has died from heart failure at the age 77.

Allman's opening theme for George, which included the famous catchphrase Watch out for that Tree, helped turn the cartoon character into a US national icon.

He was also the voice of Mister Ed, when the horse burst into song.

The Chicago-born songwriter grew up in Canada before moving to Los Angeles in the 1940s and graduating from the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music.


Former Stones manager loses in court

Andrew Loog Oldham, former manager of the Rolling Stones, has had his UK assets frozen after he failed in a High Court battle over recording rights worth millions.

A judge ruled that the 58-year-old is not entitled to the rights to early recordings by stars made on the Immediate Records label which he helped found in 1965.

The case centred on the back catalogue of recordings made on the label between 1965 and 1970.

The catalogue includes stars such as Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, The Nice and The Small Faces.


Cosby cancels US show

US comedian Bill Cosby has cancelled his show in Cincinnati over a continuing race row in the city.

A group called The Coalition for a Just Cincinnati is asking performers to boycott the city until authorities there pay more attention to police, racial and economic issues.

The push for a boycott came after three days of rioting over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer last April.

More than 3,000 tickets had been sold for Cosby's two shows but the organisers say all money will be refunded.


Man detained at Britney's home

A man has been allowed to go without charge after guards at pop star Britney Spears' Hollywood Hills home thought he was trespassing.

Police were called by guards when they detained a man who appeared to be on the star's property.

But the guards declined to make a report and the unidentified man was allowed to go.

Los Angeles Police Department officer Jason Lee said: "No-one pressed charges. There's no crime."

Spears was in New York at the time, receiving a Fun Fearless Female Award from Cosmopolitan magazine.

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