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

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