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

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