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.
Memphis is a great vacation destination for people of a variety of interests, and you will find a variety of exciting events in Memphis this February. If you are a fan of Star Trek, you will delight in the grand production of Star Trek Live which takes place February 15 at the historic Orpheum Theatre. This interactive production will take you on a 60-minute adventure on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a new group of cadets have their first day on the fleet and battle to protect their ship and the planet Earth. With all of the exciting special effects and real space-age technology incorporated into the production, you will fell like you’re aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise yourself with Captain Kirk and Spock! This show is sure to sell out quickly, so be sure not to miss this exciting production!
While you are in Memphis, you may want to visit some of the attractions that celebrate the music that has made Memphis famous. Sun Studios is known for the impressive volume of music it produced in the heyday of country, blues and rock and roll music, and your Memphis vacation won’t be complete without a Sun Studio Guided Tour. At Sun Studios, you will get to see exciting artifacts relevant to Sun Studio’s history and the artists that one recorded there. Since Sun Studio is the only recording studio that is a National Historic Landmark, you are sure to be in awe of the incredible selection of memorabilia that is housed here. Since Sun Studios still records modern musical acts today, you may even have the chance to see one of your favorite musical artists arriving or leaving from Sun Studios during your visit!
After visiting the exciting attractions that Memphis has to offer, you will surely have worked up an appetite. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Memphis’ Hard Rock Café while you get an opportunity to see incredible music memorabilia. Since Memphis is famous for the music that was produced there, the selection of artifacts at the Hard Rock Café is quite impressive. You will see items that belonged to Elvis and memorabilia related to legendary musical artists like Janis Joplin, Bo Diddley and U2. Not only will you enjoy seeing exciting music memorabilia with a visit to the Hard Rock Café, but you will also enjoy the spectacular American food served there, like burgers, fries and delicious desserts!
Memphis is nicknamed Music City for a reason, and these activities will give you a chance to truly learn everything you’ve wanted to know about famous music artists that started their careers here. Walk through the buildings where some of the most famous tunes in the U.S. were first played. In addition to this wonderful summer trip, there is lodging nearby to keep you comfortable and well rested.
Experience the Sun Studio Guided Tour, memorializing such Rock n’ Roll greats such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BB King, and others. Inside, you’ll be able to look at some of the greatest artifacts of the 50s, 60s, and beyond, featuring the work of the greatest names in show business. Feast your eyes on one of the highlights of the tour, a 1954 microphone used by Presley when he first recorded his hit, “That’s All Right.”
Keep in the musical mood with a look through the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, boasting a 40-year historical record starting in the 1930s. Started by the Smithsonian Institute, the museum has only the highest quality artist artifacts and records. You may look through over seven galleries and an additional Smithsonian gallery labeled, “Social Crossroads,” to receive the most comprehensive look at this fascinating world.
For a more diverse look at these musical greats, the Gibson Guitar Factory Tour provides the information on the instruments that jump started their careers. Take a leisurely walk through the factory to learn the fascinating process that these instruments go through, such as binding, painting, and buffing.
Each one of these experiences promises an artistic look at the most influential stars that ever stepped foot in Memphis. Learn more about this fantastic city through these tours!
The new year marks the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley, one of America’s most iconic performers. Each year, thousands of fans convene in Memphis to celebrate Elvis’ birthday, and with this year being his 75th birthday, the celebration will be big! From visiting his birthplace in Tupelo to touring the Graceland mansion, true fans should not miss Memphis during Elvis’s birthday. The birthday celebration takes place from Thursday, January 7 to Saturday, January 10.
Elvis’ real date of birth was January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. At just a short drive from Memphis, Tupelo is a must-see for visitors celebrating the life and birthday of Elvis. In Tupelo, you can see the house where Elvis was born and lived during his childhood. The modest two-room house is part of the Elvis Presley Park, which includes a museum as well as memorial chapel and Elvis statue.
To get the full Elvis experience during the birthday celebration in Memphis, check out Elvis Presley’s Graceland Memphis Vacation Package. With four nights of lodging, you will have more than enough time to visit the activities included in the package as well as take part in the special events, concerts, and gatherings happening all over Memphis during the weekend. This vacation package includes the Graceland Platinum Experience Tour, which provides the ultimate Elvis experience. Included in the tour is admission to the Graceland Mansion, the Sincerely Elvis museum, Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, Elvis Presley’s airplanes, and an audio tour that you can enjoy at your leisure. In addition, you will see Elvis’ final resting place in the Meditation Garden.
The other activity included in this package is a Sun Studio Guided Tour. Sun Studio is where Elvis cut his first records. The Sun Studio museum houses many Elvis artifacts, including a microphone he once used during recording. In addition, Sun Studio was home to many other famous musicians, including Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. At the Sun Studio, you will get a real look into the early rock and roll music scene in Memphis that Elvis help start.