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Sun Studio., Memphis

4.7
#1 of 99 in Historic Sites in Tennessee
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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  • August 14, 2017
    Pros: The memorabilia is fantastic. Cons: Rough seedy area, parking is ridiculous (unless you have a Smart Car) the prices are exorbitant.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Entertaining and interesting tour of one of the most influential spots in music history. It is amazing how many of the greats came through that small studio. We talked to our guide for a while after t...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This was just amazing and I loved this visit. Booked tickets and a found a really nice place at the back of the building street down for a beer and cake while waiting on the tour start time. Lots of g...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    It was amazing to be able to stand in the same place where so many music greats stood and recorded music I have listen to and loved my entire life. The tour guide was fantastic and did an amazing job imparting the history of the studio, the artists and the music. I got goosebumps listening to Johnny Cash's music in the room where he recorded it years before. It was amazing.
  • May 30, 2017
    Love, love, love Sun Studio! What can I add about the place where so much marvelous music and history has been made? You can almost feel the ghosts passing through the studio. The tours start at the bottom of the hour and last around 20 minutes. We had a lovely and knowledgeable tour guide filling us in on a brief history of the opening of the studio in 1952 as well as Elvis Presley's subsequent discovery there. At the end of the tour, you're allowed to photograph and video all you want in the studio. I only wish I'd been allowed to linger just a little longer in the studio; I wasn't ready to leave this shrine that quickly!
  • June 28, 2017
    Great spot! Tour is very informative, can get crowded. Huge gift shop, tons of friendly staff. Actually got married in the studio prior to the opening for tours. Nina was a huge help! This place is a great stop!
  • June 20, 2017
    The tour is really fun. Be sure to move around the room and see everything because the tour goes quick. My partner missed a section because we had to move on to the studio itself.
  • June 11, 2017
    Amazing tour. Worth more than what u pay. Lots of history happened in this building. Sam Phillips was a smart man.

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