William Shatner’s Unforgettable Performance of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” at 1978 Saturn Awards

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William Shatner’s notorious performance of “Rocket Man” is the gift that keeps on giving. Shatner, for his dramatic interpretation of “Rocket Man” at 1978 Saturn Awards, which were also known then as the Science Fiction Film Awards, sported a tuxedo, took drags from a cigarette, and talk-sang his way through the Elton John classic.

Shatner, after all, was wearing a tuxedo… at an awards show, and everything, including the camera moves, was clearly choreographed.
“It wasn’t on TV,” Shatner said. “It was an awards show. It was for an audience (there at the show). I’m doing this thing. We’re all laughing. We’re all having fun, and somebody is recording it, and released the recording, released the tape.”

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