Television

The Tonight Show
Year: 1967
Broadcast: NBC Television
Exact date and episode number unknown

This is Leonard Nimoy's first documented singing appearance. According to a 1968 interview from America's top teen magazine, "IN", Nimoy appeared on an NBC episode of The Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson, just one week after the release of the album "Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space". He sang a live version of Lost In The Stars. Leonard said of the performance, " I must have been out of my mind to sing live-coast to coast. But my fans were very, very kind."


Malibu-U
Year: July 28, 1967
Episode: 2 - Season: 1

Broadcast: Television Friday nights ABC
Credits: A Robert E. Petersen production in association with Teen-Age Fair, Inc. and ABC; executive producer, Gene McCabe; producer, Al Burton; director, Jack Shea; writers, Milt Larsen, Bob Lauher.

Hosted by "Ozzie And Harriet" TV star, Ricky Nelson, the show ran from 7/21/67 to 9/1/67 on Friday nights on ABC. Ricky played the dean of a fictional college called "Malibu-U". The show featured Australian vocalist Robie Porter, along with The Bob Banas Dancers. The dancers were bikini clad girls also known as "The Malibuettes". Various celebrities appeared as "guest professors" delivering "lectures," which meant singing their numbers, usually on the beach. Nimoy debuted The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins video on this episode. According to the lyrics of the theme song, performed by Harper's Bizarre: "All the students report to the dean of the school, his office is cool. It's a telephone booth at Malibu-U. He will tell you to work just as hard as you can, gettin' a tan at Malibu-U." The location sequences were shot at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and Balboa Harbor, California.

Check out the Bilbo Baggins button at the top of this page to see more fab information about this episode!

Highlights:
Leonard Nimoy: The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins, Bobby Rydell: Volare and Dansero, The Buffalo Springfield: Bluebird, Mrs. Miller: Let's Hang On and Englebert Humperdinck: Release Me.



American Bandstand
Year: August 26, 1967
Episode: 1789 - Season: 10

Nimoy's music video of The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins was edited for time and shown on this episode of American Bandstand. The show was hosted by Dick Clark and also included a guest appearance by Bobby Vee.

This is the color version of the video that is widely seen online.


Happening '68
Year: January 6, 1968 - September 20, 1969

"Happening '68" (later called "Happening") was an ABC Saturday afternoon show hosted by Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere and produced by Dick Clark. The shows featured many performaces by the hottest new stars, such as the Monkees, Sajid, Sly and the Family Stone, Leonard Nimoy and many others. Paul Revere and the Raiders often jammed with many of the guest and performed a very cool theme song!

No information about the episode in which Nimoy appeared is available, but judging from the pictures below it would be fair to assume that he sang on the show. More groovy pictures and facts about "Happening '68" can be found by visiting The Official Mark Lindsay Website.



Gramophone To Groovy
Year: April 7, 1968
Broadcast: Television (color) /Channel KCOP - Los Angeles, California

A television documentary hosted by Andy Wilson that took a look at the evolution of popular music since the 1920s. Guests included Gary Moore, Leonard Nimoy singing Gentle On My Mind, Jimmy Van Huesen, Sammy Cahn, Kim Weston, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Sunshine Company. Nimoy performed the song Gentle On My Mind.Time schedules list it at both 7:30pm and 10pm. Visit the photos section for some great behind the scenes shots of Leonard and a Bilbo Baggins Hostess cake!




The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show
Year: September 29, 1968
Episode: 3
Broadcast: Television (color)

Nimoy performed on this short-lived Phyllis Diller NBC variety show, "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show". This program featured Leonard Nimoy, Dorothy Malone and The Doodletown Pipers. Each week saluted a great American patriot...such as P.T. Barnum! The regular cast included Rip Taylor and Norm Crosby with writing credits to Lorne Michaels. According to Steve Maurer, who saw the show when it aired, Nimoy sang the songs I'd Love Making Love to You and Dreams of the Everyday Housewife. The show lasted only three months.



The Hollywood Palace
Year: October 12, 1968
Episode: 152 - Season: 6
Broadcast: Television (color)


The Hollywood Palace was an hour-long variety show that ran on the ABC-TV network from January 4, 1964 to February 7, 1970. The episode was hosted by Milton Berle and featured Nimoy singing two songs from his new album, "The Way I Feel". We have confirmed that he sang Here We Go Round Again, but the second song is yet to be determined. The show also featured Shani Wallis, The Checkmates Ltd., Johnny Puleo's Harmonica Gang, Irving Benson and The Bottoms Up Revue From Las Vegas.



The Barbara McNair Show
Year: Februrary 28, 1971
Episode: 48 - Season: 2
Broadcast: Television

This episode of the Barbara McNair show featured a musical performance by Leonard Nimoy singing Time To Get It Together from the New World LP. Other guests on this show included comedian Shelley Berman, Esther Phillips and Harpers Bizarre performing their version of Feelin' Groovy.



The Captain And Tennille Show
Year: October 18, 1976
Episode: 5 - Season: 1
Broadcast: Television

The Captain And Tennille Show was a popular television variety show that ran for two seasons on ABC. Nimoy performed in several skits (one in which he portrayed the "Lone Arranger", a masked man who helped songwriters compose music), hosted the popular segment, "Masterjoke Theater" and recited his poetry live as the Captain and Tennille interwove it with Elton John's Your Song. The entire three minute forty second version of this performance plus three skits starring Nimoy is available on the three DVD set: "The Captain & Tennille - Ultimate Collection".




The Simpsons: The Springfield Files
Year: January 12, 1997
Episode: 163 - Season: 8
Broadcast: Television

Leonard Nimoy, appearing as himself, did a guest voice on "The Simpsons" animated television show in 1997. His animated counterpart hosted an "X-Files" parody television show about alien encounters in the town of Spingfield. He sang a solo on the song Good Morning Starshine (taken from the musical "Hair") with Mr. Burns and the entire cast at the end of the episode.


Star Trek

Star Trek (The Original Series)
Year: 1967-69
Broadcast: Television

Nimoy gave several musical performances on the original Star Trek television series. Spock strummed the Vulcan Lyrette, a multi-stringed harp-like musical instrument and/or sang on Charlie X, Plato's Stepchildren, The Way To Eden and The Paradise Syndrome. The lyrette is also refered to as the Vulcan Lyre, Vulcan Harp or Vulcan Lute.

Lt. Uhura can be seen playing the Lyrette in the episode The Conscience Of The King. Here she serrenades Ensign O'Riley with a lyical version of Beyond Antares, a song written by Wilbur Hatch with lyrics by Gene L.Coon.

You can download blueprints to build your own Vulcan Lyrette here courtesy of Cygnus-X1.


Charlie X
Year: 1967
Broadcast: Television

This is the first appearance of the Vulcan Lyrette on Star Trek. Mr. Spock is contently strumming and plucking a musical ditty in the mess hall when Uhura decides to join him in song.



Plato's Stepchildren
Year: 1968
Broadcast: Television

This is the most interesting musical moment on Star Trek. Spock and Kirk are held captive on a planet of Greek god-like humanoids who force them through mind control to perform as court jesters. Spock sings a lengthy version of Maiden Wine, which wouldn't officially be released until a year later on the LP, The Touch Of Leonard Nimoy...."ahhh, ahhh, bitter dregs"!



The Way To Eden
Year: 1968
Broadcast: Television

The Way To Eden is an episode notorious for it's portrayal of the aptly named "space hippies". This campy episode is bubbling over with wacky musical moments that would make even a Vulcan scratch his head in amazement. The hippies walk freely around the Enterprise singing folky space ballads and protest songs aimed towards the establishment (Kirk), sing songs in sickbay, the transporter room, the mess hall and in the hallways which are piped through the intercom system of the entire ship to be enjoyed by air drumming red shirts. One of the hippies even plays a duet on a bicycle wheel with Mr. Spock, while he jams on his Vulcan Lyrette. Click here to listen to the full unedited version! Fascinating!



Requiem For Methuselah
Year: 1969
Broadcast: Television

In this third season episode, we hear Spock tickle the ivories! Kirk, Spock and McCoy visit a reclusive genius, Flint, on the planet Holdberg 917G to gather ryetalyn, which is used as an antidote for Rigelian fever. Spock plays a tune written by Flint, but appears to actually be written by Johannes Brahms. It is totally unknown, but Spock confirms it is written in Brahms' own hand and is original. Kirk is more concerned with picking up the sexy Rayna as the two of them dance to Spock's tune.



Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Year: 1989
Format: VHS & DVD

The only musical collaboration between Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and the great William Shatner appeared in the movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. There is an early scene in the movie where our three heros are on a camping trip. There is a very humorous exchange between the two humans and the vuclan, as they try to engage him in a campfire sing-a-long of Camp Town Races, Pack Up Your Troubles, Moon Over Rigel VII but settle on Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

The movie closes with the campfire scene, only this time Spock is playing the Vulcan Lyrette and join in the sing-a-long!

Live Performances

The Hollywood Bowl
All-Star Entertainment Spectacular
Date: 2pm Sunday, April 21, 1968

Motion picture, TV and recording stars performed at this giant Friendship Rally sponsored by The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Foundation and the Greater Los Angeles Urban League. Celebrities joined with civic leaders and clergymen to pay tribute to to the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Performers included Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, Shirley Bassey, Ross Martin, Oscar Brown, Jr., Walter Matthau, Ivan Dixon, The Mills Brothers, Jerry Fielding, Leonard Nimoy, Anthony Franciosa, Richard Pryor, Gogi Grant, Edward G. Robinson, Florence Henderson, The Clara Ward Gospel Singers, Calvin Jackson, Roger Williams, Dean Jones, Gerald Wilson and his Orchestra, Eartha Kitt and many more!

The show was also broadcast on KLAC Two Way Radio (dial 57) and KMET-FM (dial 94.7).



Culver City Memorial Auditorium
Year: November 27, 1968

The Crenshaw Community Youth Study Association sponsored a non-profit concert to help raise funds to develop youth programs in the integrated Crenshaw area. Nimoy performed along with the Amity Singers a 25-voice choir begun in 1960 that performed a wide repertoire including both a cappella works and works with orchestral accompaniment.


Theater

Oliver
Musical based on the Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist
Book, Music and Lyrics by: Lionel Bart
Year: 1972-73

Cast:
Oliver: Michael Carey, Fagin: Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Brownlow: Jim Myers, The Artful Dodger: Stuart Getz, Bill Sykes: Art Lund, Nancy: Paula Kelly, Bet: Jo Jean Retrum, Mr. Bumble: Alan Crofoot , Mrs. Corney: Maggie Task , Old Sally: Susan Rush, Mr. Sowerberry the Undertaker: David Bates, Mrs. Sowerberry: Dorsey Vogt, Mrs. Brownlow: Clyde Miller, Dr. Grimwig: Dale J. Ballaire



Camelot
Musical based on The Once And Future King by T.H. White
Music: Frederick Loewe
Lyrics and Book: Alan Jay Lerner
Year: 1973

King Arthur: Leonard Nimoy, Queen Guenevere: Barbara Williams, Lancelot: David Lambert




Fiddler On The Roof
Musical based on the novel Tevye and His Daughters by Sholom Aleichem
Music: Jerry Bock, Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick, Book: Joseph Stein, Dir.: Ben Shaktman
Year: 1974

Tevye: Leonard Nimoy, Golde, his wife: Tresa Hughes 
His daughters: Tzeitel: Fran Brill, Hodel: Niki Flacks, Chava: Elaine Petricoff , Shprintze: Sallie B. Massie , Bielke: Toni Caiola, Yente / matchmaker: Travis Hudson, Motel / Tailor: Hal Watters, Rabbi: Richard Miller, Fyedka: Bjarne Bucktrup, Yussel: Christopher Boy, Fiddler: Gregg Mitchell 



The King and I
Musical based on Anna And The King Of Siam by Margaret Landon
Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II, Music: Richard Rodgers
Producer: Martin Wiviott, Dir.: Stuard Bishop 
Year: 1974

King of Siam: Leonard Nimoy, Anna Leonowens: Ann Jeffreys, The Interpreter: David Rupprecht, Catain Orton: Tom Elrod, Louis Leonowens: Jon Potter, Phra Alack: Alan Gilbert, Lun Tha: Robert Alton, Tuptim: Meliss Kenworthy, Prince Chulalonmgkorn: Kurt Ida, Sir Edward Ramsey: Tom Elrod 



My Fair Lady
Musical based on George Bernhard Shaw's play Pygmalion
Music and Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
Producer: Martin Wiviott, Dir.: Stuard Bishop, Musical dir.: Donald Yap
Year: 1976

Henry Higgins: Leonard Nimoy, Eliza Doolittle: Linda Michelle, Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Joan Carvelle, Mr. Eynsford-Hill: Robert Alton, Colonel Pickering: Thomas Ruisinger, Alfred P. Doolittle: Dick Ensslen, Harry: Roy Neuner, Jamie: Cris Groenendaal



Theater Addendum
Leonard Nimoy appeared in several Broadway productions, and gave many acclaimed performances on stage. More in-depth information about his stage career including photos can be found here. Also, many thanks to Margitta, Anna and Ibolya for suppling us with the information for Leonard's live stage performances.

His stage credits include: Hansel and Gretel (1939), The Man Who Hated God (1948), Of Thee I Sing (1948), Awake and Sing (1948), Good News (1948), Illumination (1949), Christopher Blake (1949), Captain Applejack (1949), I Remember Mama (1949), Peer Gynt (1949), Dr. Faustus (1950), The Three Musketeers (1950), Orchard Gables (1950), Stalag 17 (1952), It's Hard to Be a Jew (1953), Ten Little Indians (1955), Gold in the Hills (1955), A Streetcar Named Desire (1955), A Lonely Ship (1958), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1959), Deathwatch (1960), Monserrat (1963), The Queen and the Rebels (1963), Irma La Douce (1965), Visit to a Small Planet (1968), The Man in the Glass Booth (1971), Oliver! (1972-1973), 6 Rms Riv Vu (1973), Camelot (1973), Full Circle (1973), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1974), Fiddler on the Roof (1974), The King and I (1974), Caligula (1975), The Fourposter (1975), The Twelfth Night (1975), Sherlock Holmes (1976), My Fair Lady (1976), Equus (1977), Vincent (1978-80), Love Letters (1991), Grandparent Connection (1994).

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