A Musical Salute to Star Trek

Forty-five years ago today–September 8, 1966–NBC debuted a new science fiction show its creator called Star Trek.  (Quick, Star Trek Faithful:  What was the title of that first episode?  The answer is below.)

This means it’s been 45 years of The Shat.  Although he’d been a working actor for years, William Shatner didn’t really arrive until that Thursday night in 1966.  And he’s never gone away.  

In fact, he continues to thrive.  Has he ever starred in a TV show that’s been a dud? (Okay, other than $#*! My Dad Says…)

Even his horrible musical endeavours are the stuff of legend.

Here, then, on the 45th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek, here are some of the Shat’s greatest music hits.


The Shat is going on an interactive tour across Canada next month.  This should be interesting.

Oh, and that first episode was The Man Trap.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “A Musical Salute to Star Trek

  • September 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I remember a few years ago when Ongoing History did an episode on "outsider music" and played the Shatner version of Lucy, I was driving at the time and started laughing so hard that I had to pull my car over on to the shoulder.

  • September 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Also in the interest of fairness, I feel we should not overlook leonard nimoy's contributions to music:


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