William Shatner’s Version Of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ Is Still Amazing, 40 Years After Its Release
“Star Trek” actor William Shatner is one of the most beloved actors in television history. But he is also revered for his offbeat recording career, where he recorded spoken word versions of some of the greatest rock songs of the 1970s, including the 1972 Elton John/Bernie Taupin classic, “Rocket Man.”
Shatner began his spoken word recording career with the 1968 concept album, “The Transformed Man,” where he performed unforgettable versions of The “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The actor performed his version of “Rocket Man” in 1978 when he hosted The Saturn Awards.
This video is seeing a resurgence in popularity after being parodied by television shows such as “Family Guy” and recording artists like Beck. The video has been viewed on YouTube over 23,000 times. Shatner also went on to record two albums titled “Captain of the Starship” and “William Shatner Live.”