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“Great piece of music history.”
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Sun Studio
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Sun Studio Guided Tour
Ranked #2 of 151 things to do in Memphis
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Owner description: 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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“Great piece of music history.”
Reviewed July 19, 2011

This is definitely worth checking out if you are in the area or going to Graceland.The parking is a little tricky.You have to go down the side alley behind the building to park, which is free.

Our tour guide Jake was very enthusiastic throughout a lot more, so than at Graceland, which is self guided.He asked us to write a review on trip advisor.Well, Jake we did!

The tour lasts about an hour.Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded here early in their careers.You get to go upstairs first where they house some really neat things in glass cases, like the actual recording equipment used to record there, instruments, and memorabilia to name a few things.Our tour guide Jake gave us a history on the place, and played snippets of some songs recorded there.

Next, you go down stairs, and get to see the actual recording room, that is still in use today.It is full of instruments, which is why they ask you to not bring young children under 5 with you.The only thing you get to touch is a microphone at the end of the tour, which is pretty cool in it's own right.

So definitely check this out if you're in the area.We even had some English, Australian and either French or Portuguese with us, I couldn't quite place the accent.People really do come all over the world to see the most famous recording studio in the world.

Visited July 2011
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“From a Local, This is the Best Tour in Town!!”
Reviewed July 15, 2011

I have lived in Memphis for thirty year. I have done all of the Tours in town, but for some reason, I never made it to Sun Studios. This was a HUGE mistake on my part. It is by far the best tour in town. I learned more about the Memphis music scene & history in thirty minutes than I have in my entire 30 years of living in Memphis. Our tour guide, Jayne, was amazing. She loves the music industry, and it comes out in her enthusiasm and what seem like an endless amount of trivia on all the talented musicians that have crossed the threshold of the that famous studio. I love our big name locals like BB King, Elvis, and Jerry Lee Lewis, but it was nice to hear about the lesser known people that have formed the music scene that has put Memphis on the map! I will definitely be back with all future out of town guest and will start talking it up to the other locals that have yet to make it to Sun Studio!

Visited July 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Great Place”
Reviewed July 14, 2011

The tour brings you back to the start of Rock and Roll -- Do not miss if your in the area and your a Elvis Fan. and the guide was brillant ;-)

Visited July 2011
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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“Don't skip this attraction!”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

Just got back from a Memphis trip and LOVED the Sun Studios tour. Best $12 spent on a tour. Our guide was awesome, and standing in the room where Elvis recorded his first song, a hush came over the room, unbelievable feeling. To find out all the people that recorded in that little room, Roy Orbison, Bono and U2, amazing. The tours seem to fill up easily so get there early and enjoy the atmosphere of the music and pictures on the wall.

Visited July 2011
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“Where it all begins!”
Reviewed July 8, 2011

The Sun Studio is jammed full of so much music history! Plenty of souveniers to purchase, but no pressure to do so. You must have a milkshake made by the Milkshake lady! No need to unwrap the straw, definitely need the spoon. Such a cute little soda shop atmosphere. The tours start at the bottom of the hour. Cora was our tour guild, and she was fantastic. Very knowledgable with a sense of humor. Enjoyed her tidbits of info thrown in. Definitely a trip down memory lane. Nice to see everything left just as Sam Phillips had it. The acoustic tiles in the sound studio show his innovation in recording. This was a highlight of our trip to Memphis.

Visited July 2011
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