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Cyprus Avenue

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

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.

Survey Of The Overlooked Artists

Aug 11, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, several new releases from overlooked artists spanning four decades. Below, the playlist for Bill Shapiro's survey of his favorite tracks from The Blasters, Rodriguez and more for this episode of Cyprus Avenue.

Half A Century Of The Rolling Stones

Aug 4, 2012

On this episode of Cyprus Avenue, celebrate 50 years of the Rolling Stones with a collection of their greatest hits.

This week on Cyprus Avenue: Break-up songs. Bruce Springsteen and Richard and Linda Thompson give us their musical take on heartbreak.

Sam Baker: For The Folly (Repeat)

Jul 21, 2012

This week, Cyprus Avenue is a repeat of the June 30 episode featuring the work of Texan singer-songwriter Sam Baker. You can find that playlist here.

Etta James: A Belated Remembrance

Jul 14, 2012
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This episode of Cyprus Avenue features the music of blues, rock, jazz and soul queen Etta James, the Matriarch of R&B, who passed away in January of this year.

Music By Bob Marley From The Movie 'Marley'

Jul 7, 2012

This episode of Cyprus Avenue features the music of reggae master Bob Marley, along with the Wailers, that is featured in the new documentary Marley, which is about Bob Marley.

Sam Baker: For The Folly

Jun 30, 2012

This week's show features the songs of Sam Baker. Raised a West Texas Baptist, Baker's songwriting style has been compared to Leonard Cohen's.

Neil Young & Patti Smith

Jun 23, 2012
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This week's Cyprus Avenue celebrates the works of Neil Young and Patti Smith.

Graceland 25th Anniversary

Jun 16, 2012

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon's classic recording, Graceland, on today's Cyprus Avenue.

The Elvis '68 Comeback Special

Jun 9, 2012

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.

My Cousin, Helen Shapiro

Jun 2, 2012

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.

In 1963, The Beatles were her supporting act during their first national tour of Britain.

Peyroux Redux (Redux)

Apr 28, 2012

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

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

Apr 14, 2012

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.

Peyroux Redux

Apr 7, 2012

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

The Demise Of Doo Wop

Mar 31, 2012

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.

Another Cup Of American Musical Gumbo

Mar 24, 2012
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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.

Bruce Springsteen, 'Wrecking Ball'

Mar 17, 2012

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

Dion, 54 Years In

Mar 10, 2012

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.

Survey Singer Songwriters

Mar 3, 2012
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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.

Guy Clark: Old Friend, Take 2

Feb 25, 2012
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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.

New Songs From Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas'

Feb 18, 2012
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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.

The Fame Studios: 1961-1973

Feb 11, 2012

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

Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan

Feb 4, 2012

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.

Elvis Is Back!

Jan 28, 2012

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.

Guy Clark: Old Friend

Jan 21, 2012
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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.

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2011 Favorites

Jan 14, 2012
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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.

Cyprus Avenue's Annual New Years' Show

Dec 31, 2011

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!

Cyprus' Annual Holiday Show

Dec 24, 2011

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.

Here Comes Shelby Lynne

Dec 10, 2011
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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.

Cyprus Avenue's Top Albums Of 2010

Dec 17, 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