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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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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 May 27, 2016

What fun to learn about the early days of rock and roll and the artists and producers who made it all happen.

Thank Mazelle H
Reviewed May 27, 2016

The Sun Studio tour takes you right back to the beginning, telling the story of Sam Phillips and the many stars who started their careers here - Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and so many blues singers. There is a museum upstairs...More

Thank Donna G
Reviewed May 26, 2016

There isn't a lot to see here, but the tour is cool, and the spot is an historic to do. Stand where Elvis did & hold the mike he used. Avoid the gift $hop & get a picture outside instead!1

Thank terry s
Reviewed May 26, 2016

Our guide, although very young, was so enthusiastic about the music history depicted in this museum.. you get to stand in the very studio, complete with the original floor and ceiling tiles where Johnny Cash and Elvis and others recorde., you can hold Elvis' mike...More

Thank Julianne H
Reviewed May 25, 2016

This is where it all started. It's great from a historic point of view. The tour guide was very enlightening.

Thank DennisFox
Reviewed May 25, 2016

Had a fun time seeing the museum and listening to the tour guide explain the history. You can have a snack and or drink before or after the tour if you like and souvenirs for purchase.

Thank Loren555
Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

A small venue but packed with huge chunk of music history. Our tour guide was a mine of information and I came away with a real sense of how important this studio was in the early days of rock and roll. There is a small...More

Thank helenh622
Reviewed May 25, 2016

This review really should be four and a half stars as having the chance to go through the studio itself is a fabulous experience for fans of older rock and country as well as newer bands. (U2 recorded part of "Rattle and Hum" there.) Our...More

1  Thank RAGLGT
Reviewed May 25, 2016

Sun studio, where it all began. I made the mistake of walking here from downtown. Whilst only about 25 minutes, it was a hot day, and the walk was not through a great part of town. Rather deserted, and plenty of homeless around. You shoudl...More

1  Thank kizkizkizkiz
Reviewed May 24, 2016

We didn't really know, what to expect - but this tour is worth all the money. I think the admission was $10. The actual museum is really only two rooms - but it is packed with music history - from the 1st Rock'n'Roll Song to...More

Thank Hazardeur123
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August 8, 2017|
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Response from Gasunflower | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The recording staff will be happy to get you started. TA will not allow web addresses, so just go to the Sun Studio web site. There you will see the names of the sessions producer, public relations manager, sound... More
Cindy M
July 15, 2017|
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Response from Sylvia C | Reviewed this property |
The coffee shop is on the ground floor and the actual studio can be accessed thru a a door from the outside. The office and memorabilia are on an upper floor which probably is not wheelchair accessible.
June 29, 2017|
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Response from 4jeriv | Reviewed this property |
If they enjoy music and museums, yes. I think small children aren't allowed but don't know age limit. They would enjoy a milkshake in the lobby before the your or as incentive after!