I’d like to thank whoever posted these images of Leonard online earlier this year! Leonard appeared on the variety show “The Hollywood Palace” on October 12 1968, and he is totally in the groove here, baby! Nehru Jacket, check. Silk neckerchief, check. Singing a long-lost song, check. Times have changed — not only are modern variety shows mostly reality competitions, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find current dramatic actors singing pop ballads before a live audience. But this was a big thing in the ’60s, even if the singers weren’t exactly Frank Sinatra!
You can hear Leonard singing it here. (you’ve been warned). But there’s just something about 30-something Nimoy attempting to bridge the Generation Gap makes me wince just a little! It’s like someone of my generation (b.1961) trying to sing hip-hop! Well, at least he looks cute here.
According to tv.com, Leonard also appeared with the “Bottoms Up Revue” in a sci-fi spoof titled “Star Odyssey 2001 7/8” If any of these videos or other images of this shows up, let me know!
Going through my files, I found many a picture of Leonard owned by Getty Images, so here’s a nice selection. Leonard with Susan, Performing in the 1960s, and posing for publicity pics. I never knew him, but I just miss his beautiful humanity.
NEW YORK- MARCH 27: Leonard Nimoy and wife Susan Bay pose at the Opening Night Party for “Urban Cowboy” on Broadway at the Marriot Marquis Ballroom on March 27, 2003 in New York City. (Photo By Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
The only thing that bugs me about this picture is that it’s always posted backward! (note hair is parted wrong and wedding ring on ‘right’ hand), but hey it’s still Leonard. 🙂
This week I’m featuring two delightful LP mash-ups featuring Leonard! True, he didn’t actually record this discs, but the artists made them so convincing I wish they were real!
The first is by the brilliant Chris Shapan featuring a mash-up her is based on The Best of Jolson(Al Jolson of the first talking movie The Jazz Singer), and Shapan has morphed it beautifully into a believable Leonard Nimoy album; it almost makes me wish it really existed! (Well, almost!) You can see more of Shapan’s brilliant LP mash-ups here.
The second has turned Spock into the Vulcan Elvis! I wish I knew who made tis, it’s perfect! I wonder if Spock would have had this hair if Star Trek was made in the 50’s? You’ll notice all the songs have Trek references — Another great mash up from an unknown artist. Sharp-eyed (or should I say obsessive) fans will notice a small flaw in both of these — let me know if you see it!
But for now, these have inspired me to make another in my series of Beatle/TrekLP mashups, and you’ll see it soon (you know how I love to collage!)
This is just a perfect blend of beat and song — who know that ‘Bitter Dregs‘ was a great Reggae song? We NEEDED this after this sad week of remembering Leonard, whom I bet would have LOVED this! Perfect.
As long as we’re in the 70’s groove this week here’s some serious funk-a riffic art by artist tafafa on Deviant art. Tafa LOVES to paint Nimoy in all the phases of his life, check out her stuff! Dig those bell bottoms! Hmmm, wonder what he’s singing?
There was a strange compulsion in the era of 60s and 70s AM radio to make singing stars out of celebrities not known for singing. Richard Chamberlain, Noel Harrison, William Shatner,Telly Savalas and of course, Leonard Nimoy, all fell into this camp. (Chamberlain actually wasn’t too bad). I never became aware of Nimoy’s vocal contributions until I joined the LNAF in the 1970’s, and I remember actually buying a couple of his albums for fun. Yet I couldn’t actually bring myself to listen to them. Rhino Records compiled many of these recordings into their “Golden Throats” collection; it’s the type of stuff you’d hear on NPR’s Annoying Music Show.
Now to be fair, Nimoy did do a few musicals in the 70’s (Camelot, The King and I, and My Fair Lady) but alas, I’d rather hear his speaking voice on vinyl! Here’s some covers: