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Sun Studio Guided Tour

Next time you’re in Memphis, TN, visit the site many credit as being the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Sun Studio. Stand amid the legacy of revolutionary music recorded within these walls and even get your photo with the actual microphone used by Elvis Presley, when he recorded “Thats All Right” in 1954.

Sun Studio was where Elvis got his start in the recording industry, as well as a number of other legendary artists, including Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, who had an impromptu jam session there one evening with Elvis. Can you imagine? The historic significance of Sun Studio is evidenced by the later artists who choose to record at the famous site. Artists like Def Leppard, U2, Matchbox 20, Tom Petty and many others come to Sun to record, for the heritage imparted by the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark.

Sun StudioYou can experience the legendary heritage of Sun Studio on a guided tour of the facility, where you will hear stories about a number of artists and admire exhibitions of rare memorabilia and original historic recording cuts. In addition to the microphone used by Elvis, there are a number of pieces of Elvis artifacts on loan from the Presley Estate.

After your Guided Sun Studio Tour, drop into the ’50s-style Sun Studio Soda Shop and Record Store for some refreshments and an authentic ’50s atmosphere.

Memphis Vacation Ideas

is the birthplace of the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash all recorded at the historic Sun Records, now a museum. The home of “the King,” Graceland, is the second most visited home in the US. If you need more reasons to visit Memphis, there’s also great dining, art galleries, museums, and more sunny days per year than Miami. Tennessee’s largest city offers so much more, and its surprisingly affordable to bring the whole family for an unforgettable experience.

Vacations Made Easy hasBeale_Street great packages for lodging and all the must see attractions in Memphis, but while you’re in Memphis plan to take advantage of these awesome freebies.

uneteenth Urban Music Festival – June 13-15
For over 20 years this free three-day festival has brought great music to Church Park on Beale Street in Downtown Memphis. Entertainment will include regional artists performing gospel, pop, hip-hop and more. Did we mention “free?”Shelby Farms

Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg offers free tours to observe every step of the sour mash whiskey making. An icon for sure, Jack Daniel is the nation’s oldest registered distillery.

Memphis Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest museums in the Mid-South. Free admission on Tuesdays from 1pm – 5pm.

Shelby Farms is the largest park of its kind in an urban setting. The park offers picnic areas, sporting activities, nature trails, and wildlife including free-roaming bison. Every Saturday and Sunday in June and July, the park is home to the Splash and Splatter Water Festival, featuring 50 ft. slippery slides, sand volleyball, music, and sand castle sculpting. Big fun for the whole family.

Sun Studio Shuttle is a complimentary shuttle service, providing transportation from Graceland, Sun Studio and Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. The attractions do have admission fees.Sun Studio


Rock ‘n’ Roll with the Memphis Mojo Tour

If you’re visiting Memphis soon, there are plenty of fantastic ways to tour the area. From Elvis tours to studio tours, Memphis is known for its musical influences, but if you’re looking for a unique way to experience all that this wonderful Southern city has to offer, make sure to catch the Memphis Mojo Tour on a vintage buss and with a local musician as a guide! You’ll laugh and groove with the music as you are guided past the many sights. Here are just a few places you’ll visit on the tour:

Beale Street

From the headquarters of Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War to the proclaimed birthplace of rock and roll, Beale Street has a history that steadily runs through the veins of Americana. With more than two dozen different clubs and shops in the area, the area offers visitors a distinct style of partying, shopping, and sightseeing in the area. Have a meal at the Blues City Café, shop for one-of-a-kind items, and more!

Stax Records

The story of Stax Records is one of a cultural phenomenon that changed the culture of music forever, locally as well as nationally and even internationally. What began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater grew to become one of the most important recording studios in the world. Starting in 1959, the studio began launching the careers of unknowns who would become icons, including artists like Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, and even comedy legends like Bill Cosby, Moms Mabley, and Richard Pryor! The studio is now the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Lorraine Hotel

Before Martin Luther King, Jr., stayed there, the Lorraine Hotel was a typical Southern-style hotel. Although it was only accessible to whites in the beginning, after World War II, it had become a black establishment serving jazz musicians and other celebrities of the time. But everything changed in 1968, when on April 4 Martin Luther King was assassinated at the hotel. Since then, the hotel has been converted into the National Civil Rights Museum in 1991.

Sun Studio (available on the Extended Mojo Tour)

When you visit the Sun Studio, you can stand among the greatness of rock and roll artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, as those artists and others began their careers in this very studio. Opened in 1950, the owners could never have known the impact that their business venture would produce or that the studio would be considered the birthplace of rock and roll! This is the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark.

With the Memphis Mojo Tour, you’ll get to see the hot spots in the city and enjoy the music on the tour. Learn all about the rich history of music in the city, and join in with the music-making! Tambourines, shakers, and bongos located throughout the bus let you take the fun into your own hands!

Fall Friendly Activities in Memphis

Fall is here and in true Bluff City fashion, Memphis is host to a wide and exciting range of ways to enjoy the season! Whether it be exploring the sites of the city, or pondering the wonders of the universe at Sharpe Planetarium, residents and visitors to the birthplace of rock and roll with find themselves presented with a variety of things to do this fall! Check out the ideas below, load up the car, and make your way to Memphis!

Star gazing at Sharpe Planetarium is the perfect way to spend a brisk autumn night in Memphis. As entertaining as it is educational, this budget-friendly activity is a seasonal favorite among Mid-Southerners! A guided tour of the seasonal night sky will highlight the constellations, astronomical events of the season, and fascinating stories of the star patterns.

To see Memphis stars of a different kind, be sure to reserve your tickets for the Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass! See where rock legends like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash recorded with your admission to Sun Studios, one of the most famous recording studios in music history! After spending some time at the studio, head over to Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley and don’t forget to visit Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Rock ‘n SoulMuseum!

But, don’t forget that Memphis history includes more than just music! Book tickets to the Historic Memphis Walking Tour to explore the city’s most fascinating landmarks including Cotton Row, the Magevney House, and the old Shelby County Jail. Your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will discuss the Civil War, cotton, music and how each of these has made Memphis what it is today. Enjoy leisurely walks through historic downtown Memphis on a beautiful autumn day with this enlightening tour!

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