Saturday, May 07, 2016
Speak...Speak A Song: Telly Savalas Vs. William Shatner
Posted By Pam On Saturday, May 07, 2016
Two huge television stars. Two TV appearances. Two hilarious, craptacular "singing" performances in the '70s.
These are the kind of retro gold gems that I live for when they get unearthed. I'd seen both of them before, but not the Telly Savalas one in its entirety -- in which he performs Bread's hit love song "If" on a German show called Disco. It's rather creepy with the close-up shot of the blonde looking awkwardly on. Who loves you, baby? Remarkably, I've listened to some of Savalas' other musical recordings online and didn't think he was that bad of a singer.
Then we have William Shatner performing Elton John's "Rocket Man" at The Science Fiction Film Awards, which he also hosted. Virtually everything that Shatner has ever laid down on vinyl was delivered in a spoken and perhaps unintentionally comical style. I have to say, however, that the 1970s special effects in this one were nicely executed. Props also to the Shat Man for holding his cigarette like it's a joint.
Which one do you feel "sang" their song better (or worse?) Leave a comment!