A-Z of Blogging, this post looks at a little known song/music video that rocketed to fame on YouTube, sung by Leonard Nimoy (for the 12 of you that are still in your cave, Nimoy is famous for playing Spock in the original Star Trek TV series/movies, and in the 2009 remake by J.J. Abrams).
In 1967 he did a song called The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins, a musical take on Tolkien's The Hobbit. The video features Nimoy basically sitting down, retelling the story through song while generic 1960's girls wearing plastic elf ears and uber coloured sweaters jump and dance around. The whole video (and song too) is pretty camp and funny to watch and listen.
This may have been Nimoy trying to avoid being stuck in the Star Trek role as Spock (which inevitably happened anyway), and so he went to the extreme in opting for something aimed at fantasy as opposed to science fiction. Many Star Trek fans have slated Nimoy's performance as being 'the lowest point in his career'. Even so, I think it's hilarious, and the 60's camp style is funny as hell.
What do you think of it? Do you think that Nimoy should have just left well enough alone and stuck with Star Trek? In any case, with the exception of Blind Guardian's Nightfall in Middle Earth in 1998, this is the only song that I know that deals with Tolkien fantasy. If anyone knows anymore, I'd love to know!