Legendary Sun Studio is the body around which Memphis music orbits — and where it all began. The most famous recording studio in the world, the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” where the blending of blues and country music exploded in the big bang of rock ‘n’ roll heard around the world is truly a must see for native Memphians and visitors alike. Founder Sam Philips, a self-taught producer, didn’t know the rules, so he broke them all, blending musical styles, cranking up that amp and using lots of echo to create a new kind of music that rocked the world.

Then came a shy teenager with a cheap guitar, a kid with big hair and the unlikely name of Elvis. He had a little fun with a tune called “That’s All Right,” that sounded like no blues song ever before. Add Jerry Lee Lewis, pounding the piano like a madman; Carl Perkins, with his one-of-a-kind rhythm licks; and Johnny Cash, who blended country and pop music like no one ever had. With that group, you have not only a world-shaking musical revolution but also the basis of an award-winning Broadway Show, The Million Dollar Quartet.

As a popular tourist attraction, Sun Studio is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with tours given at the bottom half of every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Kids 5-11 years are complimentary. Due to the personal nature of the tour performance, children under 5 are not permitted. Adult tour price is only $12 (+tax).

After each days last tour has wrapped, the shrine gets back to its roots as a recording studio. Banks book time, and you may have seen episodes of the Sun Studio Sessions on your public television station: half hour sets for local and national musicians.

Learn more at www.sunstudio.com
706 Union Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 
(901) 521-0664

 

By: tnvacation.com