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Sun Studio, Memphis

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 6,000+ 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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  • This visit turned out to be more than expected. The guided tour is well worth it and the guides are entertaining and informative. The best story involves Johnny Cash and I Walk the Line. The list of a...  read more »
  • Please see my other Memphis reviews from this trip- Graceland, Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street, Central BBQ. Sun Studios fulfills the promise of "Good things come in small packages". The tour guides...  read more »
  • A must for any Elvis fan to see THE studio where it all began. An informative and enthusiastic tour but feel more could have been done to try and duplicate the atmosphere of that first recording with ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Second time going through the tour and enjoyed it even more than the first. Great music history, and you get to see the very location were many amazing artists like Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins got there start. Oh, and Elvis if you like him. :)
  • 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
  • The tour was a bit overcrowded making it difficult to move around and see what they had on display. Tour guide was knowledgeable. Cool place to see
  • Amazing museum with an interesting and captivating background story. The staff is very helpful with any questions you may have. BRING THE BLUES BACK!
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