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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 Mojo

Get your mojo rising on the most fun tour in Memphis.  Riding on the most unique vintage bus with modern convenience, this musical, entertainment tour brings music to life and invites you to play along.

Unlike some tours which offer stories and dates, The Memphis Mojo Tour is an interactive experience, complete with live music, and tambourines, shakers and bongos for you to join in the jam session.

All of the guides are professional Beale Street musicians who play and sing selection from the city’s musical heritage, and keep you entertained with comedy, history and behind the scenes stories of famous Memphis personalities.

Along the route you will see Sun Studio, Beale Street, The Lorraine Motel, early homes of superstars like Elvis, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash and other musically and historically significant sites.  This is a one-of-a-kind, action packed tour that is fun for all ages.

A Quick Trip to the King’s Place

If you’ve always dreamed of seeing Graceland but haven’t had the time, the Quick Elvis Experience Package – which includes the Graceland Platinum Tour, Sun Studio Guided Tour, and two nights lodging in Memphis – is just for you!

Of course, the highlight of your Elvis experience will be walking the halls of Graceland, the beloved home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! The Graceland Platinum Tour includes a guided tour of the mansion, as well as admission to two related museums: the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and the Sincerely Elvis Memorabilia Museum. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, Elvis’ two custom airplanes. After Graceland Memorial Parkexploring the life of Elvis through these attractions, you can also make your way back to the Meditation Garden to pay your respects at the King’s final resting place.

You’ll also have time to head downtown to Sun Studio, the very place where Elvis fused together the sounds of blues, gospel, country, and other genres to create rock ‘n’ roll music. Sun Studio features a large collection of artifacts on loan from the Graceland estate, and you’ll be able to see the microphone Elvis used to record his first track.

The package also includes two nights lodging in your choice of more than 70 hotels, to make sure your Elvis getaway is convenient, comfortable, and everything you have dreamed it would be!

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.

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.

Elvis Week in Memphis

If you are a fan of Elvis, come to Elvis Week in Memphis August 10-16 and celebrate the life of Elvis Presley with tours, food, contests, concerts, and so much more! Elvis Week is attended by fans of the King from all over the world wanting to pay tribute to the amazing man who achieved so much during his lifetime. Celebrate 75 years of Elvis at Graceland, witness the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, Take the Elvis Cruise, or participate in countless other activities dedicated to Elvis during Elvis Week.

If you are wanting to come to Memphis to celebrate Elvis Week, choose lodging that will add comfort and relaxation to your visit. We offer several great hotels in Memphis for your stay.

If you are wanting even more Elvis during your trip to Memphis, check out Elvis Presley’s Graceland Platinum Experience. This great experience brings you inside Elvis’s great mansion, takes you through two fantastic museums, lets you see the King’s custom airplanes, and so much more.

A perfect addition to your trip is the Elvis “Hound Dog” Tour. For this tour, you will ride in a 1950s vintage bus and see sights and hear tales of places such as Overton Park Shell, Lauderdale Courts Apartments, and Humes High School. If you are also wanting to tour the Sun Studio, you can upgrade for even more informative Elvis fun.

After a day paying tribute to the King, spend some time relaxing aboard a riverboat for some sightseeing and dinner entertainment. Some sights you can see on your cruise include Mud Island River Park and the Memphis Pyramid. Whether you are wanting to relax and enjoy the sights or dine and dance the night away, it’s all available aboard the Memphis Riverboats Sightseeing & Dinner Cruise.

Enjoy Music and More in Memphis During Labor Day

Sun Studio LogoIf you are looking for the perfect destination to spend a relaxing and fun Labor Day Weekend, check out what Memphis, Tennessee has to offer. From the excitement of Beale Street to taking in the beauty of the river on a riverboat cruise, your Labor Day weekend can be full of great activities.

One great reason to visit Memphis during the weekend is to enjoy the music and culture of the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, which is an annual Labor Day event. This year’s event is taking place Sept. 5-6 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. This event has drawn over 30,000 people to Memphis to enjoy the music. The festival takes place on Main Street near Peabody Place and Gayoso. Admission is free to the public.

The festival features five different stages, both inside and out. Different musical genres including blues, jazz, and gospel will be featured. Another special feature of the festival will be the regional cooking displays featuring regional and Southern favorites. In addition, storytelling and dancing exhibits will be going on. There will also be arts and crafts and songwriting workshops. The headline performers of this year’s event are Mike Darby and the House of Cards Band.

To round out the musical weekend, visit Sun Studio with the Sun Studio Guided Tour, which offers a guided tour of the Sun Studios. The studio opened in 1950 and became an important launching pad for blues and rock artists. Notable performers like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and Jerry Lee Lewis got their start at Sun Studios. The guided tour takes you through the studio and allows you to see many artifacts and rock memorabilia. Items include one of Elvis’ microphones and historic records. Also available on site is a gift shop and old-fashioned soda shop to complete your experience.

Celebrate Music History in Memphis, TN

Stax Museum of American Soul Music 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.

Remember Elvis with a Trip to Memphis

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Platinum ExperienceMemphis, Tennessee has become almost synonymous with Elvis Presley. With Graceland, the Heartbreak Hotel and so many more Elvis sites in the city, Memphis is the ultimate vacation destination for Elvis fans in particular, and music fans in general. Spring time is the ideal time to come to Memphis to pay tribute to the king of rock and roll.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Platinum Experience
  
Any visit to Memphis should include a trip to Elvis’ famed Graceland Mansion. With the Graceland Platinum Experience you not only get to visit the mansion, but you will also gain entry to two museums, the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and the Sincerely Elvis Memorabilia Museum. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to see the inside of Elvis Presley’s private custom made airplanes. In addition, you can commemorate the King by laying flowers upon his final resting place in the Meditation Garden. The Graceland Platinum Experience is the ultimate Elvis’ fan experience.

Sun Studio Guided Tour
  
Situated right in the heart of downtown Memphis, Sun Studio boasts of giving Elvis Presley his start. Other artists that launched their careers here include Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Sun Studio is the only recording studio in the country designated a National Historic Landmark. Come visit and see rock memorabilia like the microphone used by Elvis in 1954 to record his first song. When you are finished touring the studio you can also enjoy food and drink at the 50s style Sun Studio Soda Shop.

Hard Rock Cafe – Memphis, TN
  
If you are looking for a good meal in Memphis, look no further than the Hard Rock Café where you can dine surrounded by instruments and personal items from great performers like Bo Diddley, Janis Joplin, U2, and of course, Elvis Presley. You will find yourself very much at home as you dine and rock and roll at the Hard Rock Café.