FLASHBACK: William Shatner’s Stunning Spoken Word Version of Elton John’s Rocket Man from 1978 Saturn Awards

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On a day that William Shatner will officially fly in space on the Blue Origins flight, it seems appropriate to feature his rendition of Elton John’s Rocket Man.

The clip above is legendary as an early viral archived video and comes from a 1978 Saturn Awards performance. The actor who portrayed Captain Kirk, the protagonist of Star Trek, performed the hit song from the ’70s in a unique spoken-word style, complete with tuxedo and cigarette.

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