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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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  • I went on the tour of Sun Studio yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour lasts about an hour. Tours are given daily at the bottom of every hour from 10:30 am through 5:30 pm. The place isn't ver...  more »
  • If you are visiting Memphis, Sun Studios is, with the exception of Graceland, one of the coolest places to visit. The history of Sun Studio is incredible as is the building itself. There is a guided t...  more »
  • Amazing visit to the iconic Sun Studios where so many greats recorded their music, great young lady telling us all about it, highly recommended. 
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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