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.
“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.)