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

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