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.

Prince- In Memorium

Apr 23, 2016

When you heard about Prince's untimely death, it's likely to become one of those occasions where you will always remember exactly what you were doing at the moment you heard the shockingly sad news.  On this week's edition of Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro pays tribute to an icon.

Track List:

Prince - "Controversy”

Prince - “Do Me Baby”

Prince - “Little Red Corvette”

Prince - “Kiss”

Prince - “Let’s Go Crazy”

Prince - “When You Were Mine”

Prince – “Take Me With You”

Prince – “When Doves Cry”

Boz Skaggs been called one of the greatest blue-eyed soul singers, with a discography that spans 50 years.  His remarkable career dates back to the late '60s with the Steve Miller Band, followed by a lengthy run of his own.  Twenty albums later Skaggs shows no signs of slowing down. 

Track List:

Boz Skaggs - "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl”

Boz Skaggs - “Rainy Night In Georgia”

Boz Skaggs - “Lido’s Shuffle”

Boz Skaggs - “Can I Change My Mind”

Boz Skaggs - “Dry Spell”

Boz Skaggs - “Corrina, Corrina”

Boz Skaggs – “Low Down”

The Fifth Beatle

Apr 2, 2016

You know them as John, Paul, George and Ringo...the legendary foursome  also known as the Beatles. But did you know there was a fifth Beatle, who never appeared on stage or on an album cover, yet had a major impact on popular music?  Find out who that was on this week's edition of Cyrus Avenue.

Track List:

The Beatles - "In My Life”

The Beatles - “Love Me Do”

The Beatles - “Yesterday”

The Beatles - “Good Day Sunshine”

The Beatles - “I Am The Walrus”

The Beatles - “Eleanor Rigby"

The Beatles – “Second Coming”

The Southern Troubadours…three musicians with different approaches to music, but when they take the stage together they create magic. They’re coming to Kansas City in April…and they’re featured on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Paul Thorn - "I Have A Good Day”

Ruthie Foster - “Singing The Blues”

Joe Ely - “I Had My Hopes Up High”

Ruthie Foster - “Brand New Day”

Paul Thorn - “Mission Temple Fireworks Stand”

Joe Ely - “She Leaves You Where You Are”

Ruthie Foster – “Second Coming”

Consistency and risk-taking have defined Bonnie Raitt's remarkable music. We’ll highlight the artistry, spanning the 45 year career of the ultra-talented Bonnie Raitt, on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Bonnie Raitt - "Give It Up”

Bonnie Raitt - “I Know”

Bonnie Raitt - “Love Has No Pride”

Bonnie Raitt - “Nick Of Time”

Bonnie Raitt - “Thing Called Love”

Bonnie Raitt - “Right Down The Line”

Bonnie Raitt – “Million Miles”

Bonnie Raitt – “Standing In The Doorway”

Bonnie Raitt – “I Knew”

Johnny Cash Unearthed

Mar 5, 2016

Two months after Johnny Cash died a box set of his music was released.  It included ballads, country classics and even some Bob Marley songs, rarities and alternative takes from Cash's recordings produced by Rick Rubin.  The deep musical vaults of Johnny Cash…on this week's edition of Cyprus Avenue.


Johnny Cash - "Long Black Veil”

Johnny Cash - “Two Timin’ woman”

Johnny Cash - “Understand Your Man”

Johnny Cash - “If I Give My Soul”

Johnny Cash - “Down The Line”

Johnny Cash - “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”

Back To The Beginning

Feb 20, 2016

This week on Cyprus Avenue, we’re taking you back to the early days of rock & roll…a time when most great music was less than three minutes…and you listened on your transistor radio.

 Track List:

Richie Valens - "Come On Let’s Go”

Johnnie Taylor - “Who’s Makin’ Love”

The Turtles - “It Ain’t Me Babe”

Big Bopper - “Chantilly Lace”

Mickey & Sylvia - “Opportunity To Cry”

Dion - “Wanderer”

Beach Boys – “Surfin’ Safari”

Frankie Ford – “Sea Cruise”

The Dells  – “Oh What A Night”

Sir Ivan Morrison

Feb 13, 2016

Not many rock stars have achieved knighthood status…Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Mick Jagger are members of the elite club…and now, meet its newest member…Sir George Ivan Morrison...

Track List:

Van Morrison - "Astral Weeks”

Van Morrison - “Haunts Of Ancient Peace”

Van Morrison - “Slim Slow Slider”

Van Morrison - “Wild Honey”

Van Morrison - “Madame George”

Van Morrison - “Satisfied”

Van Morrison – “Cyprus Avenue”

Singer Tom Jones hit the world stage in 1965 with a bang…and although his star has faded a bit over the years, the man can still wow a crowd with his vocal prowess.  Tom Jones is featured on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Tom Jones - "Just Dropped In”

Tom Jones - “Run On”

Tom Jones - “Bring It On Home”

Tom Jones - “Tower Of Song”

Tom Jones - “Opportunity To Cry”

Tom Jones - “Didn’t It Rain”

Tom Jones – “Why Don’t You Love Me Like…”

Tom Jones – “Ain’t No Grave”

Tom Jones  – “Elvis Presley Blues”

Return to Rock & Roll

Jan 23, 2016

If you’re fan of 60s and 70s rock & roll, this week’s Cyprus Avenue will absolutely blow you away.  It’s the return of Led Zepplelin on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Led Zeppelin - "Your Time Is Gonna Come”

Led Zeppelin - “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”

Led Zeppelin - “Good Times Bad Times”

Led Zeppelin - “I Can’t Quit You Baby”

Led Zeppelin - “I Can’t Quit You Baby (Live)”

Led Zeppelin - “Heartbreaker”

Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused”

When you hear most music on the radio you are hearing the final version of a protracted studio session with many takes that are often left on the cutting room floor. Coming up on this week's Cyprus Avenue…it's the alternate takes of some of Dylan’s more popular tunes.

Track List:

Bob Dylan - "Tombstone Blues”

Bob Dylan - “Just Like Tom Thumb Blues”

Bob Dylan - “Hwy 61 Revisited”

Bob Dylan - “Queen Jane Approximately”

Bob Dylan - “Visions Of Johanna”

Bob Dylan - “Stuck Inside OF Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again”

When you hear most music on the radio you are hearing the final version of a protracted studio session with many takes that are often left on the cutting room floor. Coming up on this week's Cyprus Avenue…it's the alternate takes of some of Dylan’s more popular tunes.

Track List:

Bob Dylan - "Tombstone Blues”

Bob Dylan - “Just Like Tom Thumb Blues”

Bob Dylan - “Hwy 61 Revisited”

Bob Dylan - “Queen Jane Approximately”

Bob Dylan - “Visions Of Johanna”

Bob Dylan - “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again”

Start your New Year celebration early with Cyprus Avenue!  Bill Shapiro brings you his annual party of live concert recordings. James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and more. 

Track List:

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – Jerry Lee Lewis

“Can’t Turn You Loose” – Otis Redding

“Brother Rapp / Ain’t It Funky Now” – James Brown

“Like a Rolling Stone” – Jimi Hendrix

“Highway 61 Revisited” – Bob Dylan

“Cadillac Ranch” – Bruce Springsteen

“Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” – Neil Young

The Sounds Of Christmas

Dec 19, 2015

Ring in the holidays with Cyprus Avenue!  Bill Shapiro brings you his annual “The Sounds of Christmas” show… with Elvis Presley, Al Green, Darlene Love and more. 

Track List:

“White Christmas” – Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters

“The Bells of St. Mary’s” – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans

“Merry Christmas, Baby” – Elvis Presley

“Silver Bells” – Wilson Pickett

“I Wanna Spend Christmas with You” – Lowell Fulson

“Born in Bethlehem” – The Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring Mavis Staples

2015 Favorites

Dec 5, 2015

As 20-15 winds down we all tend to reflect on the past year.  Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro is no different.  He describes 20-15 as a good year for music, and he serves up his favorites on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

T-Bone Burnett - "Kansas City”

Jerry Lawson - “Peace Like A River”

Van Morrison & Mavis Staples - “If I Ever Needed Someone”

Rhiannon Giddens - “She’s Got You ”

Chris Stapleton - “Parachute”

Chris Stapleton – “Tennessee Whiskey”

Don Henley - “Train In The Distance”

If you’re considering the gift of music for the holidays, there’s some great new offerings, including a gem from the King, and more.  Check it out on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Elvis Presley - "Burning Love”

Los Lobos - “Gates Of Gold”

Chris Isaak - “Kiss Me Like A Stranger”

Buddy Guy - “Born To Play Guitar ”

Brenna Whitaker - “It’s A Good Day”

Elvis Presley – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

Chris Isaak - “Please Don’t Call”

Los Lobos – “I Believed You So”

On November 9, 2015 we lost another great musician.  Allen Toussaint, a fixture in the New Orleans R&B scene, also a talented producer, writer and performer, died after appearing in concert in Madrid.  His rich legacy is the source of celebration on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Allen Toussaint - "Lover Of Love”

Aaron Neville - “Hercules”

Allen Toussaint - “Soul Sister”

Solomon Burke - “Get Out Of My Live Woman”

Allen Toussaint - “What Is Success”

Don Covey – “Everything I Do Is Goin’ To Be Funky”

Bob Dylan 1965-1966

Nov 17, 2015

We all have the urge to peak behind the curtain...right?  Well, here's your opportunity for that rare exploration into Dylan's creative process in the studio.  Host Bill Shapiro provides a glimpse of Dylan's song-making genius from the latest release in the Bootleg series.

Track List:

"115th Dream”

“Subterranean Homesick Blues”

“If You Gotta Go Go Now”

“You Don’t Have To Do That”

“Mr. Tambourine Man”

“It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry”

“Like A Rolling Stone”  (rehersal version)

Dion: Chapter II

Nov 7, 2015

If you were a fan of 50s doo-wap you probably remember the great music of Dion and the Belmonts.  Coming up on the week's Cyprus Avenue…it’s Dion on his own. 


"Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover”

“Ride’s Blues”

“I’m Ready To Go”

“Bronx Poem”

“Shu Bop (The lost track)”

“Book Of Dreams”

“King Of The New York Streets”

“Written On The Subway Wall”

“Drop Down Mama”

“The Thunderer”

“Terraplane Blues”

“I Let My Baby Do That”

Country Funk is an inherently defiant genre, encompassing gospel, blues, country hoedown harmony, and inner city grit.  It’s also a slow-jammin’, booty-shakin’ good time on Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Johnny Adams - "Georgia Morning Dew”

Tony Joe White - “Polk Salad Annie”

Bobby Darin - “Light Blue”

Lee Clayton - “Border Affair”

Tony Joe White - “Crack The Window Baby”

Wayland Jennings – “Goin’ Down Rockin’”

Link Wray - “Fire and Brimstone”

Bobby Charles – “Street People”

Bobbi Gentry – “He Made A Woman Out Of Me”

Sam Baker Is Back

Oct 24, 2015

Sam Baker is a man of few words…but when he sings every word has passion and meaning.  He’s coming to town in November, and we’ll feature Sam Baker on this week’s Cyprus Avenue...

Track List:

Sam Baker - "Say Grace”

Mary Gauthier - “Last of the Hobo Kings”

Sam Baker - “Waves”

Mary Gauthier - “O Soul”

Sam Baker - “Juarez”

Mary Gauthier – “Mercy Now”

Mary Gauthier - “Falling Out Of Love”

Sam Baker – “Ditch”

Mary Gauthier – “I Drink”

Sam Baker – “Isn’t Love Great”

Survey: The Guys

Oct 17, 2015

If you loved the Eagles…or the Blasters…or the Stones, you’re going to love this week's survey of some great new releases, on Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Don Henley - "Train In The Distance"

Keith Richards - "Blues In The Morning"

Don Henley - "The Cost Of Living"

Don Henley - "No Thank You"

Dave & Phil Alvin - "Feelin’ Happy"

Keith Richards - "Heart Stopper"

Don Henley - “That Old Flame"

Don Henley - "A Younger Man"

Dave & Phil Alvin - "Rattlesnakin Daddy"

Don Henley - "Prayin’ For Rain"

There's some newly released music that is worth spending your time with...and much of it comes from some amazing women.  Coming up on Cyprus Avenue, we'll sample the new work of singers Amy Helm, Shawn Colvin and the great Darlene Love, as Bill Shapiro surveys women's songs.

Track LIst:

Darlene Love - "Night Closing In"

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem - "Heart Of The World"

Amy Helm - "Good News"

Darlene Love - "River Deep, Mountain High"

Shawn Colvin - "Acadian Driftwood"

Amy Helm - "Heat Lightning"

On October 11 KCUR presents Cyprus Avenue Live at the Folly Theater with singer Rhiannon Giddens…and you get a chance to  preview her amazing singing on this week's edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Rhiannon Giddens - "Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind"

Rhiannon Giddens - "Water Boy"

Rhiannon Giddens - "Spanish Mary"

Rhiannon Giddens - "Shake Sugaree"

Rhiannon Giddens - "Hidee Hidee Ho"

Rhiannon Giddens - "Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair"

Rhiannon Giddens - “Up Above My Head"

Rhiannon Giddens - "Lost On The River"

The musical genius of Van Morrison has been amplified by a newly remastered re-release of an old album…It’s guaranteed to be worthy of your ear on this week's edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Van Morrison   - "Gloria"

- "Brown-Eyed Girl"

- "Astral Weeks"

- "Crazy Love"

- "Moondance"

- "And It Stoned Me"

– “Tupelo Honey"

- "Caravan"

- "Jackie Wilson Said"

- "Domino"

– “Cleaning Windows”

- "Into The Mystic"

There’s something magnetic about great a cappella singing that draws you in…Remember the Persuasions?  We’ll hear their music, plus some other sweet soul music on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Jerry Lawson - "Peace Like A River"

Persuasions - "Johnny Porter"

Jerry Lawson - "I’m Just A Mortal Man"

The McCrary Sisters - "Train"

Jerry Lawson - "Wine"

Persuasions - "Women & Drinkin’"

Jerry Lawson – Never Been To Memphis"

Persuasions - "It’s Gonna Rain"

Can Bill Shapiro Dance?

Aug 29, 2015

You're not likely to see Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro waltzing across the Folly Theater stage, or even break dancing for that matter...but he will take the stage with the Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company to perform a "Cyprus Avenue Concert" on September 19.    Bill has picked his “best of the best” music for an exciting evening of music and dance, and it's previewed on this week's show.

Track List:

Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On"

Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode"

Elvis Presley - "Mystery Train"

The Eternal Nina Simone

Aug 22, 2015

Described as a musical griot, singer Nina Simone has captured the imagination of many with her passion and amazing voice.  Nina Simone’s the featured artist on this week's Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Nina Simone - “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Nina Simone - “Trouble In Mind”

Nina Simone - “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”

Nina Simone - “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”

Nina Simone - “Mr Bojangles”

Nina Simone - “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl”

Nina Simone - “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”


Aug 15, 2015

Inspire Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro and there's a long shot you could get an hour of radio focused on your music.  The legendary Prince certainly beat odds following a TV appearance on The Arcenio Hall Show.  So you will receive the reward as Prince takes to the Cyprus Avenue stage to perform some of his greatest hits, as well as some nuggets you may not have heard before.

Tracks List:

"Gotta Broken Heart Again”


“Little Red Corvette”

“Let’s Go Crazy”

“When Doves Cry”


“The Future”

Where can you hear the music Michael Franti, Greg Allman, Ashley Monroe and Tom Waits all in one place?  Maybe your smart phone…but most definitely right here on Cyprus Avenue…

Track List:

Michael Franti - “Once A Day”

Kasey Chambers - “Is God Real”

Greg Allman - “These Days”

Ashley Monroe - “Winning Streaks”

Leon Bridges - “Twistin’ & Groovin’”

Greg Allman - “Love Like Kerosene”

Chris Stapleton - “Might As Well Got Stoned”

Steeldrivers - “Six Feet Away”

Ashley Monroe – “Dixie”