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William Shatner

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The crew of the Starship Enterprise no longer soars through the galaxy under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, but they continue to inhabit the airwaves on a number of pop and rock recordings. The Vulcan Mr. Spock, aka Leonard Nimoy, Lieutenant Uhura, aka Nichelle Nichols, and several others from the series' next generation of actors have released albums, and Kirk -- actually his alter ego, William Shatner -- is still commander of the pack. His spoken word recordings of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" from The Transformed Man album in 1968 may be considered classic camp, but Shatner's delivery of those and other numbers long remained in the public's consciousness. They helped make him a singing celebrity spokesman in TV commercials three decades later, thanks to the fact that an advertising man in New York had held onto his copy of The Transformed Man all those years. Shatner's pipes also can be heard on William Shatner Live! (aka Captain of the Starship), a 1977 release from Imperial House Music. Twenty years later, MCA issued Spaced Out! The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner. The recording combined cuts from Shatner's The Transformed Man with numbers from a pair of Nimoy's albums, Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space. In addition, beginning in the late '80s, Shatner was featured on the Rhino compilations Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing Off, Golden Throats, Vol. 2: More Celebrity Rock Oddities, and Golden Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher Songs of the Beatles. The trend continued for more than a decade and included an appearance on Celebrities...At Their Worst in 1999. Not everyone views Shatner's musical performances solely as camp. Beck paid tribute to Shatner's cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" in the video he shot for the single "Where It's At." Also, Shatner and Ben Folds traded musical favors, with Folds collaborating with the former Star Trek captain on the 2004 studio effort Has Been, while the pop star agreed to appear in a TV commercial with the singing Shatner. In 2011, Shatner released the double-disc studio album Seeking Major Tom, featuring a newly recorded version of his classic interpretation of "Rocket Man," and two years later he released a sci-fi prog rock concept album called Ponder the Mystery. On the other hand, if people do see Shatner's performances as campy, they also view him with a degree of respect for daring to let it all hang out, vocal warts and all, and have fun with the music. If Captain Kirk knew how to crack a sexy grin from time to time, then Shatner surely knows how to laugh. He's not afraid to poke fun at himself or the roles he has played. ~ Linda Seida
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Stations Featuring
William Shatner

    WTF

    WTF
    1 song

    Comedy Classics

    Comedy Classics
    2 songs

Albums by
William Shatner

Top Songs by
William Shatner

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    Popularity
  2.   Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  3.   Common People
  4.   Has Been
  5.   Familiar Love
  6.   Rocket Man
  7.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 4
  8.   Peter
  9.   You'll Have Time
  10.   Rocket Man by Steve Hillage
  11.   Alive
  12.   That's Me Trying
  13.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 6
  14.   So Am I by Al Di Meola
  15.   Space Oddity featuring Candice Night
  16.   Mr. Tambourine Man
  17.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 1
  18.   The Flight of Man
  19.   I'm Alright, I Think by Dave Koz
  20.   Learning to Fly by Edgar Froese
  21.   Iron Man featuring Mike Inez
  22.   Hamlet/It Was a Very Good Year
  23.   The Transformed Man
  24.   6 Ways to the Moon
  25.   What Have You Done
  26.   Change
  27.   Red Shift
  28.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 3
  29.   Summer Spaceship
  30.   William Shatner-Audience
  31.   Spleen/Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  32.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 2
  33.   Starship's Facilities
  34.   The Movie-Short Takes
  35.   Galileo
  36.   Sunset by Joel Vandroogenbroeck
  37.   Ponder the Mystery
  38.   Space Truckin' featuring Ian Paice
  39.   She Blinded Me With Science
  40.   I Can't Get Behind That
  41.   Ideal Woman
  42.   It Hasn't Happened Yet
  43.   King Henry the Fifth
  44.   Ponder the Mystery by Steve Vai
  45.   Where Does Time Go? by George Duke
  46.   Go With Me/High Flight
  47.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 5
  48.   Exodus, an oratorio in 3 parts for narrator, baritone & orchestra~Part 1. Moses and Pharaoh
  49.   Finale
  50.   It Hasn't Happened Yet
  51.   Do You See? by Edgar Froese
  52.   Earthbound
  53.   Elegy For the Brave
  54.   Twilight by Edgar Winter
  55.   Exodus, an oratorio in 3 parts for narrator, baritone & orchestra~Part 2. Ten Plagues
  56.   Exodus, an oratorio in 3 parts for narrator, baritone & orchestra~Part 3. Redemption
  57.   Manhunt
  58.   So Am I by Al Di Meola
  59.   Three-Way Alchemy
  60.   Theme from Cyrano/Mr. Tambourine Man
  61.   The Brain
  62.   What Kind of Fool Am I
  63.   Hamlet
  64.   King Henry the Fifth/Elegy for the Brave
  65.   Where It's Gone...I Don't Know
  66.   Imagine Things by Vince Gill
  67.   Rhythm of the Night by Nik Turner
  68.   Romeo and Juliet/How Insensitive (Insensatez)
  69.   Real
  70.   War of the Worlds
  71.   Together
  72.   Deep Down by Robby Krieger
  73.   It Was a Very Good Year

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