Ray Charles


This past summer on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro put the spotlight on the documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom, a celebration of outstanding musicians who rarely receive recognition:  the back-up singers.  Included on the show were portions of the film's soundtrack, plus other recordings by the artists featured in the film.  Since then, 20 Feet from Stardom has been nominated for an Oscar, so we bring you a special encore of that show.

Doc Pomus ~ Redux

Oct 12, 2013

On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, we take a journey through decades of popular songs by well-known artists and with something in common:  they were either written or co-written by Doc Pomus.


Thank you for supporting KCUR and Cyprus Avenue!  For this year's Fall Membership Drive, Bill Shapiro presented a special, two-hour rock 'n roll party. 

20 Feet from Stardom

Aug 17, 2013

This week, a celebration of some outstanding musicians who rarely receive recognition:  the back-up singers.  We explore portions of the soundtrack from the documentary 20 Feet  from Stardom, plus dig into other recordings that feature some of these artists.

Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

Oct 27, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a look at the undeniable genius of Ray Charles, and the tracks that defined his early recording career at Atlantic Records.