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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


Memphis
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.

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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!

Explore the Musical History of Memphis with the Music Attraction Discount Pass

If you’re interested in music and the heart of rock and roll, Memphis is the place to go! Enjoy historical tours for Elvis fans and more while in the area, or take a stop in a local café for lunch. No matter what you choose to do, Memphis is full of exciting activities!

For one of the best deals in the area, consider getting the Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass – it’s your passport to the music history of Memphis in one easy ticket! You can gain entry to four of the most popular attractions in the area, including Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Sun Studio

At the Sun Studio, you can stand amidst the legacy of greatness! This is the location where rock and roll was born when artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others began their careers. Opened in 1950, this studio gained national fame as cutting-edge musicians of the 1950s fused blues and country to create a unique and revolutionary new sound. This famous studio is the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark!

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Created by the Smithsonian Institution, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition tells the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socioeconomic barriers to create the music that shook the world. Located on Beale Street, the museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience from the rural music of the ‘30s through Memphis’s musical heyday in the ‘70s to its global influence today!

Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at his home in Memphis, Graceland Mansion. This tour will take you from Elvis’s humble beginnings through his rise to super stardom, and you can see how the legend lived and relaxed with family and friends through videos, photos, Elvis’s personal mementos, movie memorabilia, stage costumes, and much more!

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

The story of Stax Records is one of a cultural phenomenon that changed the culture of music forever! What began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater in 1959 grew to become one of the most important music recording studios in the world! The studio then began launching the careers of unknowns who would become icons, cranking out a massive catalog of smash soul hits by the likes of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Luther Ingram, Albert King, and doxens of other artists whose influence remains vital in the music of today! Today, the Stax Museum, located at the original site of Stax Records, pays tribute to all of the artists who recorded there with a rare and amazing collection of more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, artifacts, items of memorabilia, and galleries designed to keep Stax alive forever.

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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It’s Time for You to Rock & Roll in Memphis This Weekend!

The birthplace of rock and roll brings you plenty of intriguing sights and experiences. From Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash, the history here abounds and you can discover it all with the museums and tours Memphis has to offer. You’ll feel the spirit of music and the heritage of the legends around every corner. Plus, there’s delicious dining, premier shopping, and lots of lodging options to choose from. So pack your bags and head to Memphis to check out these attractions and more!

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum on Beale Street explores Memphis artists and music from the 1930s to the 1970s. You’ll learn about their racial barriers and socioeconomic hardships that they crossed over with their passion for the music they loved. It’s bound to be an inspiring and learning experience for everyone.

Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley all recorded at Sun Studio. The Sun Studio Guided Tour takes you into the studio that was opened in 1950 and made an impact like no one could have expected. It is now a National Historic Landmark and houses rare memorabilia and historic recordings. The legacy of Sun Studios is incomparable as many legendary musicians from years ago to recent have recorded here. It’s a delight to share in that history with this tour.

The King is alive and well with Elvis Presley’s Graceland Experience. As you go through this audio tour of the mansion, you’ll see the Jungle Room, business office and trophy building, and then you’ll head across the street for a self-guided tour of Elvis’s two custom airplanes. You’ll also explore the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum featuring the King’s beloved car collection, driver’s license, and leather jackets. You’ve got to see this when you’re in Memphis.