I was a kid when Star Trek was on air and sometime in my mis-spent youth, one of my cousins got as a present, an LP of the musical stylings of Leonard Nimoy, or as we knew him, Dr. Spock.
I mean think of it -Leonard Nimoy reading the Desiderata. I think there was also a Nimoy rendition of “If I had a hammer” It was pretty awful. But awful in that “can’t tear yourself away from the record player (tv, dvd) sortof way” that only celebrities who think they are artistes can engender.
Dr. Spock wasn’t above a little extra self-promotion during this time, either – this is pre-Lord of the Rings, but is familiar to just about everybody now:
Uh huh. Those are little hobbits running around and Nimoy in a dickey. I’m telling you!
There’s a trove of treasure on youtube; in looking for the audio, I found this rather trippy scene from the original show with both Kirk and Spock in together (along with a dwarf – gotta have a dwarf) – just remember, “neighing in Esperanto” . . .
Now wasn’t that worth it – ?
Lastly, though, and on a slightly more serious note, here is a more recent reading by Nimoy of The Desiderata. He mentions recording this, but I couldn’t find any videos of that. For the most part, when these guys were doing their recordings, there were no videos made.
I get the impression that both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have nothing but fondness for the places they went and things they did to promote their show and themselves back in the sixties and seventies. Here’s a picture of them in recent times, still Capt. Kirk and Dr. Spock.