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Nimoy Sings: 1968

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Nimoy Sings: 1968

April 1968. "Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy in recording studio." Feelin' Groovy! From photos by Douglas Jones for Look magazine. View full size.

What's in a name?

Paisley? Jacquard? Whatever you call it, that's one damned ugly shirt!

Bragging rights

I saw Leonard Nimoy sing in person circa 1971. He was emceeing the Shrine Circus and was billed as "Leonard Nimoy, star of Mission: Impossible" (even though he was no longer on that show). He sang "Sing (Sing a Song)."

Fascinating!

Not really,but I did enjoy watching the go-go dancers.

Spock vs. Spock

My favorite Nimoy recitation of "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" is from the Audi commercial "The Challenge" with alternative reality Spock Zachary Quinto.

Enterprise

Casual Friday uniform.

Ears

I'll have to admit that my first thought was, "Why aren't they pointed?"

Oh, what a nice surprise

I didn't expect such a photo here. But I like it, the same I like Star Trek. Live Long and Prosper, Mr. Spock!

Early midlife crisis

Albums like Nimoy and Shatner turned out are the unfortunate result of mid 30's actors trying desperately to act like hip teenagers, the result is usually not pretty.

Shatner did turn out one good song when he covered Pulp's "Common People".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXWEM4gZhg4

Beat me to it

I was also going to comment on the Bilbo Baggins song. He can actually hold a tune, but for those of us who only think of him as Mr Spock it is a bit of a laugh.

Star Trek Cast Record Albums

Having heard both those albums, or a sufficient portion of each, I consider Brett's word "excruciating" well-chosen. I also agree that the Shatner recordings are worse than Nimoy's.

The folks who purchased these things must have been Star Trek fans/collectors who were strong completists, as I used to be in the mid-1960s about Batman or The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Psychedelic Tunic

Had to laugh when I saw this picture. I had a similar frock around that time which I believe contained every color of the rainbow on a black background. It was almost always worn with a chain holding a medallion or amulet. We wouldn't be caught dead in that "get up" these days but boy, oh boy, did we think we were hot stuff.

Finding Mr Spock

On April 27, 2012, I was invited to an event at JFK Airport. It was the arrival of the NASA Space Orbiter, Enterprise, which was en route to the Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum on the Hudson River at West 46th Street. It was a magnificent morning, as the Shuttle, piggy backed on the NASA 747, landed and taxied on the Tarmac to the area facing the tented reception. One of the more honored invitees was Mr Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy. He, who had been the Science Officer, EXO and later Commander of the fictional Vessel. A gracious man, Mr Nimoy thanked the Museum Officials for their thoughtful invitation and went on remind us of that future Enterprise on which he served. He is now in his 80s, still a respected Actor, Director and Poet.

Attached are 2 photos. One of Mr Nimoy on the Dias greeting the assembled guests and another of the 747 and its outboard Passenger.

Excruciating

I have heard the album he is recording, or at least briefly. I think they played it at Abu Ghraib. It was better than Shatner's, but that's not exactly ringing praise.

p.s. There are A LOT of trek-star records, some with Trek-themed songs. I haven't heard them all, but all the trek-themed songs I have heard were absolutely cringe-worthy. A fair number of the trek actors have legitimate singing experience - unfortunately, not Shanter and Nimoy. See a list here:

http://trekmovie.com/2008/02/24/the-collective-star-tracks-trek-stars-si...

p.p.s. Oh, thank you so very very much for reminding me about the Bilbo song. That helps me a lot. It's not the worst earworm ever but I did expend some effort to forget it.

Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy

"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" was the main single on this album but it also featured Mr. Nimoy's take on contemporary hits of the era such as "Gentle on My Mind," "If I Were a Carpenter" and an almost unlistenable version of "Love of the Common People." His next album, also released in 1968, was even worse with a cover of "Both Sides Now."

Get this album. Go where no ear should have gone before.

The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins?

Perhaps this is The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. Or sadly, just one of the lesser known tracks from the Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy released in 1968.

Botoxed in '68?

Or where did the pointy ears and eyebrows go?

Did he ever get to do something else than Spock? Anything?

 
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