Pop legends the Bee Gees declined to allow a cover version of one of their hits to be used on a TV commercial reportedly because it sounded too much like their original hit song.

A version of the million-selling hit Stayin’ Alive was recorded by members of UK revue show The Magic of the Bee Gees for an anti-Aids commercial.

“When Bee Gee Barry Gibb heard the song he objected that viewers wouldn’t know it was a cover version,” said Martin Spooner, who plays Robin Gibb in the tribute show.

“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Although we missed out on a lucrative TV deal, we take this as a massive compliment.”

The Magic of the Bee Gees is coming to Ilkley, featuring Bee Gees’ hits including Night Fever, How Deep is Your Love, Jive Talkin’ and Massachusetts.

There’s also a Barbra Streisand revue performing Bee Gees-written hits like Woman in Love, Guilty and What Kind of Fool.

  • The show is at Ilkley’s King’s Hall on March 26. Ring (01943) 602319.