Why do a lot of “Star Trek” cast members think they can sing? Nimoy. Shatner (although I think he gets the joke). Takei. Spiner. Nichols. I guess if you get any amount of success you think you can do anything.
Anyway, the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” made me remember “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” written by Charles Randolph Green and performed by Nimoy. He performs this song on his album “Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy,” released in 1968.
The “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” is an even odder oddity. Nimoy is singing about Bilbo Baggins? I could understand if he did a book-on-tape and read the “The Hobbit” but a children’s song just seems out of place for him.
The video below was an appearance Nimoy did, complete with Spock hair, on a short-lived American variety series titled “Malibu U.” He recorded this appearance in July 1967, practically a year before the release of the album where the song appears. The song is bizarre but the video gives it a bit of retro-coolness.
The song was added to Nimoy’s compilation album “Highly Illogical” released in 1993.
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