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

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