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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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William Shatner

Top Songs by
William Shatner

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

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