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Address: 706 Union Ave, Free Parking lot in the rear of the building, Memphis, TN 38103-3218
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+1 901-521-0664
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Sun Studio - The place where an 18 year old Elvis Presley recorded his...

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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US$ 24.00*
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Sun Studio Guided Tour
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US$ 94.00*
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation
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US$ 101.50*
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A great spot for reliving music history

A great tour to take you through a history of the early rock and roll days. A very enthusiastic guide makes sure the history of the studio comes to life and takes you through the... read more

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Sydney
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great tour to take you through a history of the early rock and roll days. A very enthusiastic guide makes sure the history of the studio comes to life and takes you through the many great artists who recorded there. A highlight was our son in law (after establishing his credentials) who has a small recording studio being allowed... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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Although small the Sun studio visit and tour is brilliant, the main room and cafe is only souvenirs and a few snacks , no meals but great coffee for a dollar!! Souvenirs are reasonable priced , t shirt $20. Great memorabilia on walls , the tour is up a flight of stairs , you head into a room with loads... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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This tour was highly recommended to us and it didn't disappoint. For such a small space, it's rich in history - especially if you are a music lover. Our guide - Lana - was funny, knowledgeable and completely charming. All in all, a great experience!

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Swindon, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a great little tour. The guy who showed us around had a really enthusiastic attitude and made the whole story come alive. It was well illustrated by samples of original recordings from the great era of rock n roll. To think that all this happened in a small studio with relatively primitive equipment is amazing. A very enjoyable... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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The tour is 40 minutes long and you get to see lots of memorabilia as well as the actual recording studio. Really brought to life by the guide. A tour not to be missed whilst in Memphis

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Morganton, Georgia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see if you go to Memphis. Parking area is tight, so we parked on the street behind Sun Studios. Because I watched the Sun Records series on television, it was awesome to see the actual studio and to see where it all began....basically, the birth of rock and roll!! The tour guide was a delightful young lady. She... More 

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Put on your blue suede shoes, walk right down Beale Street for 15-20 mins past empty lots, turn left, cross the road and then you arrive. Alternatively take the free Sun Studio bus from downtown and get ready to rock! Pay a small entrance charge, enjoy a $1 coffee, experience a sense of collective expectation and then an excellent 45... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sun is where rock n roll was born and Sun shows you how, where and when in a guided tour worth taking. Lahna was the girl with the knowledge to impart and she did it well. It is one of the best reasons to go to Memphis from this Boston boy's perspective.

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Hickory, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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This is the birthplace of rock and roll. The tour describes how Sam Phillips started the studio, struggled and eventually became a major success. At one time he had Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis under contract. The actual microphone used by Elvis is still there. This is a must see for anyone who loves music circa... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Tiny place with a lot of history. First you go upstairs to see memorabilia and hear great stories about Sam Phillips and how he got this record label off the ground. And of course, Elvis. Then go downstairs to the music studio where it all happened and hear more stories about the magic that happened in that room. If you... More 

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