The late star's family accuse a producer of refusing to hand over the tapes...

JOEY RAMONE’s family have accused a music producer of refusing to hand over demos of 16 songs the former Ramones‘ frontman recorded before his death three years ago.

The singer’s brother Mickey Leigh told the New York Post that the tapes were being “held hostage” by producer Daniel Rey.

He revealed: “We’ve been trying to get Daniel to hand them back since Joey died. They don’t belong to him.”

Rey, who according to the Post recorded and played all the instruments on the demos, says he only wants “some sort of settlement”.

He claimed: “It has nothing to do with money. I’m just concerned with protecting Joey’s musical legacy.”

The demos are said to include a song called ‘Party Line’, which had been intended to be a duet with Debbie Harry and produced by Phil Spector.

One posthumous Joey Ramone has already been released – ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ in 2002.