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Sun Studio

706 Union Ave, Free Parking lot in the rear of the building, Memphis, TN 38103-3218
+1 901-521-0664
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Sun Studio - The place where an 18 year old Elvis Presley recorded his first song. It’s well-known in the music industry as "The Birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll" and the most famous recording studio in the world. Opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips in 1950, this national Historic Landmark is where superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless others started their recording careers. Today, Sun Studio still serves as a recording studio in the evenings while hosting public tours during the daytime hours.
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706 Union Ave, Free Parking lot in the rear of the building, Memphis, TN 38103-3218
+1 901-521-0664
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Reviewed June 23, 2016

Great to see where musical history was made. this is a little hole in the wall but worth it. The tour guide made the place come alive with history as well.

Thank David M
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Very amusing and interesting guide made it a fun tour of the studio . Worth a look to see where Elvis career began . Small area where drinks and souvenirs can be bought .

Thank Pixie056
Reviewed June 23, 2016

Visited the Sun Studio as it was on our 'must do in Memphis' list. Was relatively small so seemed quite crowded, but that added to the atmosphere. The tour was in two parts - one where you went through the memorabilia and the second when...More

Thank alayze_522496
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

The tour is fun and entertaining. It is not too expensive. Parking may be an issue if you go during a busy time of the day. I recommend sitting in the cafe area if you are waiting on a tour. The root beer floats are...More

Thank Kyle C
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

On our 2nd visit to Memphis, we decided to go to Sun Studios. The tour is very limited on the what you see but it just really cool to hear about how Sun Studios came to be and how they discovered some great artists. The...More

Thank Curtis H
Reviewed June 22, 2016

Sam Phillips was a pioneer in rock 'n roll music in this small studio where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Howling Wolf, and many other musicians got their start on the radio and recording their first records. We did this tour 2 years ago and enjoyed...More

Thank cwilkecat
Reviewed June 22, 2016

Never having previously visited a recording studio I had no expectations for this attraction. It's great to be so very pleasantly surprised. The visit was superb, just the right amount of information all of which enhanced my limited knowledge of the music of the area....More

Thank NICK1137
Reviewed June 22, 2016

A wonderful tour by a very charming young lady. This brought back a lot of memories, 1950, 1960, and 1970. A true highlight of our time in Memphis.

Thank Mrmrs Michael C
Reviewed June 22, 2016

Our family just had to take in a quick stop at Sun Studio as it is such an iconic part of the history of rock and even country. The roots of the building are long and diverse with many artists getting their beginnings in this...More

Thank Bill Z
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Our guide Lydia was excellent. She was enthusiastic and knowledgable. The building was rustic in parts and still maintained features of the past. There is a lot of history here and i just loved it. The staff love their jobs. We went to Graceland the...More

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Susan D
My partner and I are going to Memphis in June. Will we need to book the tickets in advance on line or can we purchase them when we are there? Only there for three days and going to Graceland one of the days. Thanks for your help
April 27, 2017|
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Response from jrschorr | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your interest in vacationing to the City of Memphis, but more specifically, for touring The Legendary Sun Studio. We are open 7 days each week, from 10:00 AM till 6:15 PM, and give guided tours at half... More
Are you open on Easter Sunday - and what is the best time to arrive? We would like to visit Graceland the same day. Thanks!
March 29, 2017|
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Response from Sharon T | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I only did a review. I am not an employee there. Please call them direct. If you are an Elvis fan you will love it, but give yourself the better part of a morning or afternoon as visitors are taken on a bus after... More
jim k
About how long does the tour take?
February 3, 2017|
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Response from jrschorr | Property representative |
We are open 7 days each week, & our guided takes about 40-45 minutes.