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William Shatner

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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Albums by
William Shatner

Top Songs by
William Shatner

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

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