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MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 02: William Shatner attends Florida Supercon 2016 at Miami Beach Convention Center on July 2, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Believe it or not, William Shatner turns 87 today (March 22), and while he’s best known as Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise, another one of his stellar claims to fame are his spoken-word covers. 

In honor of Shatner, here are five of our favorite classic rock covers from his iconic “Rocket Man” to his lesser-known cover of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky” with Peter Frampton.

“Rocket Man”

William Shatner "Sings" 'Rocket Man' (1978) - BEST QUALITY!

From The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's unforgettable performance of Elton John's "Rocket Man", which recently inspired President Donald Trump's nickname of Kim Jong Un, Grand Poobah of North Korea. Includes Karen Black's introduction of Bernie Taupin, and Taupin's introduction of Shatner. Rock-It, Man...

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

William Shatner

Find more at or join us online at: HOLY. SHATNER. subscribe! Star Trek actor William Shatner is returning to Broadway for the first time in 50 years! Shatner's World: We All Just Live in It on the road with a national tour starting on the Great White Way in February.


“Space Oddity”

William Shatner - Space Oddity

From his 2011 album, Seeking Major Tom

“Spirit In The Sky”

“She Blinded Me With Science”


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles.  (She received an A.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.