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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


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

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