Cyprus Avenue

Saturday 1 p.m.; Rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

The world of popular music from gospel to rock - from country to reggae - from a different point of view.

Cyprus Avenue on KCUR has been hosted by Bill Shapiro since October 1978. The weekly radio show has aired on more than 50 stations in the U.S.

Shapiro is the author of The CD Rock and Roll Library and The Rock and Roll Review, both published by Andrews & McMeel. A native of Kansas City, Mo., and a tax and estate planner since 1962, Shapiro received his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Please note that due to recording industry regulations, we are not able to offer on-demand audio of Cyprus Avenue playlists.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

The Elvis '68 Comeback Special

With The King's career on a steady decline since his last U.S. #1 single in 1962, many thought his reign was effectively over. But then...he came back in a 1968 NBC television special.

The show was the highest-rated special of the year.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

My Cousin, Helen Shapiro

British songstress Helen Shapiro had an usually deep voice as a young child, earning her a nickname, Foghorn, from her schoolmates. By the time she was 14 in 1961, she had a UK #3 hit with her first single, Don't Treat Me Like A Child.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Peyroux Redux (Redux)

This week's show was a re-broadcast of early April's show featuring Madeleine Peyroux.

Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat April 14, 2012

Survey: M. Ward, B. Raitt, D. John & J. Magness

Bonnie Raitt.

This episode features, as the headline implied, a survey of music from Bonnie Raitt, M. Ward, Dr. John & Janiva Magness. They've all got new albums out: M. Ward's Wasteland Companion, Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream, Dr. John's Locked Down & Janiva Magness' Stranger For It.

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Cyprus Avenue
2:00 pm
Sat April 7, 2012

Peyroux Redux

This episode of Cyprus Avenue celebrates the work of the luminous Madeleine Peyroux.

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Cyprus Avenue
1:00 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

The Demise Of Doo Wop

The Drifters.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro turns back the clock for a taste of Doo Wop, featuring The Drifters, Dion, the Beach Boys & more.

Legend has it that Doo Wop music got its famous nonsense-name from a 1954 record for a song called "Never," by a Los Angeles-based group called Carlyle Dundee & The Dundees.

In 1955, The Turbans' Top 40 song, "When You Dance," featured the group chanting "doo-wop" several times.

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Cyprus Avenue
1:00 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

Another Cup Of American Musical Gumbo

Adam Schweigert http://adampschweigert.com/

This week on Cyprus Avenue, join host Bill Shapiro as he serves up another cup of American musical gumbo. Featuring a new release from the Carolina Chocolate Drops and much more.

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Cyprus Avenue
1:00 pm
Sat March 17, 2012

Bruce Springsteen, 'Wrecking Ball'

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This week on Cyprus Avenue, a new release from The Boss.

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Cyprus Avenue
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Dion, 54 Years In

Dion & The Belmonts
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This week on Cyprus Avenue, a listen to the work of Dion. Hear "Run Around Sue," "The Wanderer," and songs from his new release, Tank Full of Blues.

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Cyprus Avenue
10:36 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Survey Singer Songwriters

Jim White
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This week on Cyprus Avenue, a listen to some new releases from singer/songwriters. Featuring Jim White, Fred Eaglesmith and more.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:00 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Guy Clark: Old Friend, Take 2

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This week's Cyprus is a re-broadcast of the January 21, 2012, episode featuring the work of singer-songwriter Guy Clark. Below, find this episode's playlist and for more information about the episode, visit here.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:04 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

New Songs From Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas'

Chris Boland www.distantcloud.co.uk

This week on Cyprus Avenue, hear songs from Leonard Cohen’s new album "Old Ideas."  The prolific folk artist's latest album, released January 31, features ten new tracks.

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Cyprus Avenue
3:56 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

The Fame Studios: 1961-1973

This week on Cyprus Avenue, the sound of Muscle Shoals FAME Studios. Featuring Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Etta James and more.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:13 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan

On Saturday's show, Cyprus Avenue celebrated the music of Bob Dylan with tracks from Amnesty International's new Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:02 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

Elvis Is Back!

Cyprus Avenue celebrates The King of Rock 'n' Roll a few weeks after what would've been Elvis' 77th birthday.

In 1954, Elvis began working with Sun Records' Sam Phillips. Soon after, he met his future manager, Colonel Tom Parker -- and the rest is rock 'n' roll history.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:54 pm
Sat January 21, 2012

Guy Clark: Old Friend

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Texas-born country artist Guy Clark has released more than 20 albums and has written singles for other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker and Ricky Skaggs.

This week's Cyprus Avenue features the music of Guy Clark. Below find the show's playlist and some video samples of Mr. Clark's work.

Clark and Verlon Thompson at Austin's Cactus Cafe:

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Cyprus Avenue
9:00 am
Sat January 14, 2012

2011 Favorites

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This episode of Cyprus showcases some of host Bill Shapiro's top picks of 2011. With new releases from Hugh Laurie and Paul Simon, along with a partly-posthumous duet from Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse, 2011 was a good-sounding year. And, since we can't provide you with the show's audio because of recording industry restrictions, below find some YouTube videos of Cyprus' chosen songs.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:00 pm
Sat December 31, 2011

Cyprus Avenue's Annual New Years' Show

Below find the playlist for Cyprus' annual Live New Years' show, originally broadcast December 31, 1994. And, since we can't give you the audio because of recording industry restrictions, check out some YouTube videos for some of the songs below. Happy 2012!

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Cyprus Avenue
6:00 pm
Sat December 24, 2011

Cyprus' Annual Holiday Show

Find the playlist from Cyprus Avenue's annual holiday show, which originally aired on December 20, 2003, below. And since we can't post the audio, check out some YouTube videos of some of the songs below! Cheers.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:00 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Here Comes Shelby Lynne

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December 10, 2011, Cyprus Avenue celebrates the work of singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne. She won a Best New Artist Grammy in 1999 for her album I Am Shelby Lynne. She released a Dusty Springfield tribute album in 2008, and she's since started her own record label, Everso Records, on which she's released three albums.

Below, find some videos of Lynne's songs and performances, and below, find the full playlist for this week's episode of Cyprus Avenue.

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Cyprus Avenue
1:45 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Cyprus Avenue's Top Albums Of 2010

Host Bill Shapiro outlines his favorite listening choices of the past year.

1. Tom Jones, Praise & Blame

2. Bettye LaVette, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

3. Mary Gauthier, The Foundling

4. Bruce Springsteen, The Promise

5. Bob Dylan, The Best of The Original Mono Recordings

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Cyprus Avenue
9:46 am
Sat December 12, 2009

Cyprus Avenue's Top Music Picks Of 2009

Host Bill Shapiro shares the recordings that have grabbed his ear this past year.

2009 marked the 31st anniversary of Cyprus Avenue on KCUR- FM making Bill Shapiro the longest-serving volunteer in the station's history.

During that time we've witnessed a veritable sea change in the world in which we live, primarily brought on by the onset of the cyberage.

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