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Sun Studio, Memphis
(4.7/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web)
Elvis Presley recorded his first song at Sun Studio, arguably the birthplace of rock and roll. Country music, blues, R&B, and rockabilly artists recorded here throughout the 1950s, with the most notable names including Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and B.B. King. Stop by to take a guided tour of the studio's headquarters and see equipment used to record some of the best-known hits in American music history. Highlights include Elvis Presley's microphone, used during a recording session in 1954. Located right in the downtown area, the studio is easily accessible from anywhere in town, with frequent shuttle buses running between this location and other notable music venues in and around Memphis. Use our Memphis tour planner to visit Sun Studio on your trip to Memphis, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The sun studio tour is very entertaining. You will hear about how Elvis come to fame, starting in this studio. They have kept the ambiance and gear as it was. Also a nice bar to hang in before the tou...  more »
  • Any Rock fan has to go here, this is where it all started. The guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. She made the visit for us, telling us things that we did not kno...  more »
  • When you walk in the door the history is everywhere!! It's a music lover's dream. Be sure to take the tour that's offered. 
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  • What can I say? Elvis, Johny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis all were here. Incredibly well preserved. So glad it wasn't ruined over time when it was used as a rental.
  • Excellent tour and even better guide. He made it great with his passion for the place
  • If you are a fan of early blues and rock n roll this should be a destination you want to go to. The tour is fun and informative. And you get to hang out in the actual studio. A must do for any bucket list. It's not as touristy as Graceland and feels more personal.
  • This was a lot of fun! Great history and the tour guide was amazing!
  • Small but super important site in the history of American music! Very worth a visit if you've listened or enjoyed any music created in the US in the past 50 years