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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.   Twilight by Edgar Winter
  6.   Change
  7.   Rocket Man by Steve Hillage
  8.   The Transformed Man
  9.   Where It's Gone...I Don't Know
  10.   King Henry the Fifth/Elegy for the Brave
  11.   Peter
  12.   William Shatner-Audience
  13.   Ponder the Mystery by Steve Vai
  14.   Do You See? by Edgar Froese
  15.   Manhunt
  16.   Iron Man featuring Mike Inez
  17.   Exodus, an oratorio in 3 parts for narrator, baritone & orchestra~Part 3. Redemption
  18.   Red Shift
  19.   Where Does Time Go? by George Duke
  20.   Exodus, an oratorio in 3 parts for narrator, baritone & orchestra~Part 2. Ten Plagues
  21.   Mr. Tambourine Man
  22.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 6
  23.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 2
  24.   William Shatner Shame, Pt. 1
  25.   The Brain
  26.   Three-Way Alchemy
  27.   6 Ways to the Moon
  28.   Sunset by Joel Vandroogenbroeck
  29.   Ponder the Mystery
  30.   Space Truckin' featuring Ian Paice
  31.   Space Oddity featuring Candice Night
  32.   Learning to Fly by Edgar Froese
  33.   Real
  34.   I Can't Get Behind That
  35.   Ideal Woman
  36.   Familiar Love
  37.   Together
  38.   You'll Have Time
  39.   It Hasn't Happened Yet
  40.   Hamlet
  41.   Elegy For the Brave