Bill Shapiro’s Top Ten

Sitting down and listening to music with for most is probably a mindless, “oh, let’s put something on in the background while I’m doing something else,” activity. But not for Bill Shaprio.

When interviewed by Kellie Houx for this issue of the magazine, Shaprio shared some of his favorite musical moments:

1. Elvis Presley, Sun Sessions
2. Beatles, Revolver
3. Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited
4. Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On
5. Van Morrison, Astral Weeks
6. Ray Charles, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
7. Frank Sinatra, Only the Lonely
8. Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
9. Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
10. Bob Marley, Legend

The best concert Shapiro ever saw took place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., on a Sunday night in 1976. He saw Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run tour. “It was not even sold out. He came on stage about five or six minutes after 8 p.m. and left five or six minutes before midnight. It was the essence of the heart of Rock and Roll.”


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