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.
You 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.
According to the Smithsonian Institution, “In the quest to identify the roots of America’s music, all roads led to Memphis.” And that revelation led to the collaboration by the National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian to develop the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
More than just an exhibit of costumes and guitars, the museum chronicles the story of social change, of breaking barriers of segregation and racial and social prejudice that once permeated our society. It tells the story of how music changed, but more importantly the story of how the music changed our world.
The museum provides a comprehensive view of Memphis music beginning with the rural field holler and porch music in the 1930s, through the impact of the civil rights movement, and the influence that continues today. Exhibits tell of musical pioneers and legends from all racial and economic backgrounds who shared a love of music and overcame obstacles to bring their music to the world.
The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is located at the corner of Historic Beale Street and “The Blues Highway,” Highway 61.
If you have a passion for music, Memphis, TN is the perfect place to show it. With its assortment of unique museums and tours, Memphis has long been dedicated to keeping the historical significance of music alive. So when you’re planning your summer vacation, make it a trip to remember by taking in some of Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary music-related points of interest.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
Few could have imagined the significance that sould music would have on music when it first originated around the 1950s. The city of Memphis celebrates that significance with The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. With a variety of galleries and exhibits, feel free to take a step back in history and discover the reason why the soul music genre had for so long enthralled its listeners. The museum goes beyond just the music. It offers exhibits that show the people involved, the “founders” of soul music who overcame obstacles to create music that would be remembered forever.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
For an additional history lesson, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music features exhibits that show more than 2,000 artifacts and other items throughout the history of this unique music genre. You will also learn about how Stax Records broke through its modest beginnings and found musical talents who would eventually become legendary. Music fans of all ages will appreciate this interactive museum.
Sun Studio Guided Tour
Visit the only recording studio to ever be named a National Historic Landmark. Featuring unique memorabilia from some of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest legends, such as Elvis Presley’s microphone for his first recording, the Sun Studio Guided Tour allows you to gain insight into the historical impact of some of its artists. The site is a must-see for all music fans.