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Address: 706 Union Ave, Free Parking lot in the rear of the building, Memphis, TN 38103
Phone Number: +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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Sun Studio Guided Tour
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US$ 94.00*
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Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation
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US$ 80.50*
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It's where it began for many. Still a working studio.

I loved it. If you know the history it's a must see. If you don't know the history learn it and go. Unless you hate music, then don't go. The amount of talent that walked into... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved it. If you know the history it's a must see. If you don't know the history learn it and go. Unless you hate music, then don't go. The amount of talent that walked into that studio is unbelievable. Tour guide was excellent. She really knew her stuff and she put a heartfelt effort into delivering it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had an exceptional tour with Zach! He was very knowledgeable and made the history come alive. Thanks Zach!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I made our first trip to this location. The tour and the host was outstanding. She was really into telling about this history of rock and roll. If in Memphis TN this is a must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Perhaps there are some people on this earth who wouldn't be AMAZED to visit the studio where Elvis, BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, and many other artist began their recording careers, but I couldn't imagine who.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The tours depart at set times on a first come first served basis Guides are very knowledgeable and tell lots of great stories

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A trip down memory lane! Only small but crammed with artefacts and an excellent guide with lots of info delivered with humour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a rush to be standing in the room where some legendary music was recorded. Music that has brought and will bring happiness to generations of people. I had goosebumps when I entered the studio and got a little shakey when holding the mic. The tour guide Lahna was great and hilarious during the tour. Very fun tour. This is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great tour. Worth it. Nina was our guide and she clearly loves her job. This was low tech but authentic. Great info about some of rock & roll's stars. Got to stand in the studio where Elvis recorded and where U2 recorded Rattle & Hum (their drums are still there). We bought a CD of Sun Studio... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing place I can't even believe all the famous people who recorded here and were discovered ! If your in Memphis make sure to stop in here ! We caught a tour and it was so worth it - our tour guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic you could tell he loved what he did .... him telling... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What an experience, a little wary when we first arrived as it appeared small. The tour guide was fun and very passionate about sun studios, very informative and we learned a lot. Worth every penny and more and a must see.

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