William Shatner performs "It Was A Very Good Year"


33 Responses to “William Shatner performs "It Was A Very Good Year"”

  1. Avram / Moderator says:

    It almost seems like he’s doing it in character as Kirk, at least for the first and third verses. For the second verse (“When I was 21″), it’s like he’s doing an impression of Christopher Walken.

  2. Halloween Jack says:

    As with all of Shatner’s late-sixties singing, he comes off as being stoned to the gills.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Both Shatner and Nimoy suffer from tinnitus, which they blame on an explosion on the set. Shatner’s case was so bad that at one point he contemplated suicide.

    Cut him some slack. He was putting everyone on. He’s always been a comedian, disguised as a dramatic actor. Now that he’s doing comedy full time, he’s as happy as he’s ever been.

  4. aanhorn says:


    Shatner is still the man.

  5. jimkirk says:

    Say what you like about Shatner’s singing, but he is truly excellent on “Has Been” with Ben Folds. Well worth a listen. Sort of like modern beat poetry.

  6. Anonymous says:

    My God, I want to put my eyes out. Please help me.

  7. ill lich says:

    To Shat’s credit, he has his own delivery and style of singing, it’s not Sinatra obviously, but it’s him, and that’s fine.

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Wow. I just realized where Rpattz got his acting style.

  9. Avram / Moderator says:

    When I was thirty-three,
    It was a very good year.
    It was a very good year for green-skinned girls,
    Whose skirts fit like a glove.
    They never knew how to love.
    One kiss could set them free,
    When I was thirty-three.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Google “very good year waldorf statler” …

  11. W. James Au says:

    I love the psychedelic opening, too. Because you know, Shatner reciting lyrics while evidently stoned out of his mind on national television is not weird enough, so let’s get an Asian gong and a kaleidescope up in there.

  12. misadventures213 says:

    Denny Crane.

  13. Devon says:

    Mr. Tambourine Man? Mr. Tambourine Man!

  14. Anonymous says:

    That’s Shat singing.

  15. a_user says:

    so he dressed like Captain Kirk on his time off?

  16. Anonymous says:

    I could only make it as far as 1:05 before having to stop… anyone beat that?

  17. RobertBigelow says:

    Rhino Records released a compilation/anthology entitled, “Golden Throats” that included Shatner singing, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and Jack Webb with ‘Try a Little Tenderness.’

  18. n says:

    It. Was. A very bad. Three minutes. And forty-six. Seconds.

  19. Nash Rambler says:

    It’s. . .it’s glorious!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t know that he was a small town girl… when he was 17. Go figure!

  21. Anonymous says:

    AMAZING! and creepy…

  22. zebbart says:

    When I was seventeen it was a very good year for Nintendo 64.

    When I was 21 it was a very good year for Game Cube.

    We’ll see about 35 and “the autumn years.”

    So anyway, what’s a girl?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Say what you like; good, bad or indifferent. He’s got a unique shtick and that’s something special.

  24. bigreddot says:

    n: and this is the short version! The full version starts off with a reading from Hamlet!


  25. Anonymous says:

    I find that the distortion etc make the long shots especially creepy, even for The Shatman.

    I think I finally get what it is about Shatner’s acting that makes up his signature. Where most actors will use an internal method to time their dialogue… Bill’s method is to mouth the bits a few times until finds his cue. A rare form of external acting method turrets.

  26. TimDrew says:

    OK, that – was – Awesome.

  27. Charlie says:

    I’ve been trying to find a recording of Boris Karloff doing “It Was A Very Good Year” on the Jonathan Winters show. Any help?

  28. graphicsman says:

    You gotta read a little book called “Up Till (sic) Now” to understand his method if you don’t “get it”. Similar to how a lot of people don’t understand British humor, he’s outside the box enough to be a curiosity…

  29. leaded says:

    this song always makes me jealous. i’ve waisted my life, the extended version with the hamlet soliloquy makes that abundantly clear.

  30. Plum P says:

    Bonsoir! Ah, a local hero! McGill U even named a building after him.

    my favorite is still his cover of Pulp’s “Common People”. A true work of art…


  31. Phikus says:

    1969 was a very good year for mugging the camera, apparently.

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