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“Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins -- and you.”
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Sun Studio
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Sun Studio Guided Tour
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation
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$101.50*
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Ranked #2 of 154 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.
British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 364 helpful votes
“Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins -- and you.”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Imagine standing on the very spot that these (and other) founding members of Rock 'N' Roll recorded their timeless tunes! The tour given is concise and the memorabilia for sale is of superior quality. You simply have to experience this when in Memphis!

Visited August 2013
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Hamilton, Montana
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“Where it all began...”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Great must see while in Memphis. This studio is small but packed with history. Elvis' first recording! If you are staying at the Graceland RV park or Heartbreak Hotel or anywhere near there, there is a free shuttle that will pick you up and take you to the studio, for free.

Visited February 2014
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Hayfield, Minnesota
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“Where Rock and Roll began.”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Good tour. Well worth the price. Very undistinguished building...the parking is accessible through the alley by the building. But everything is preserved as it was, and to stand in the recording studio where Elvis, Johnny Cash and other great musicians stood (and to hold the microphone they held) is more than worth the money.

Visited January 2014
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Short Duration but great history”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

After giving some background Sun Studios, you get to see some of the relics from that era. You then go downstairs into the recording studio and get to stand in the exact spot where Elvis recorded and even take a photo with the microphone he used. Fun for not only Elvis fans but also for fans of rock in view of other artists who recorded at Sun Records

Visited January 2014
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Scotia, New York
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“Rock & Roll Right In!”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Memphis visitors have to stop at Sun Studio. This tiny building brought forth some of the greatest sounds our country will ever know. The recording studio where the King of Rock & Roll cut his first vinyl is a national treasure. The merchandise is a bit pricey but the denim shirts with the Sun logo are top quality and catch the attention of people outside of Memphis. It certainly is a thrill to stand a place where the icons of our music's birth once stood and brought forth the sounds that so many millions still love today.

Visited January 2014
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