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“Well worth your time to stand where so many music legends have recorded”
Review of Sun Studio

Sun Studio
Ranked #3 of 163 things to do in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed 25 May 2016

This review really should be four and a half stars as having the chance to go through the studio itself is a fabulous experience for fans of older rock and country as well as newer bands. (U2 recorded part of "Rattle and Hum" there.) Our guide was friendly, funny, and seemed very knowledgeable. The only two drawbacks were parking and the size of the tour. There IS parking in the back of Sun Studios but no signs to direct you and no direct entrance from the street. You have to go past the building, turn onto another street, and come up the back way. That isn't really a problem, but we ended up having to call and ASK where the parking was located, and, in a rush to make the tour time we wanted, it was a little inconvenient. Also, the upstairs room of Sun Studios where the tour starts is a tiny place. So many people were allowed in at one time that quarters were cramped, which made it hard to see all of the exhibits as the guide referred to them. Don't let those little things deter you, though. If you are a music lover, you will definitely appreciate the "feel" of this place. It is well worth your time and the cost of admission.

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Reviewed 25 May 2016

Sun studio, where it all began.
I made the mistake of walking here from downtown. Whilst only about 25 minutes, it was a hot day, and the walk was not through a great part of town. Rather deserted, and plenty of homeless around. You shoudl get the free shuttle they put on if not driving.
The studio itself is great fun. A small cafe/gift shop is where youw ait for a tour. You are then taken usptairs to a small museum area, with lots of history. We had a great giude, funny and knowledgable. You could tell that she truly enjoyed her job.
We then headed downstairs ot the studio floor and got to hold the famous microphone.
The best part was listening to original recordings of jam sessions and otutakes.
A great place that everyone should visit.

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Reviewed 25 May 2016

We didn't really know, what to expect - but this tour is worth all the money. I think the admission was $10. The actual museum is really only two rooms - but it is packed with music history - from the 1st Rock'n'Roll Song to the early days of Elvis or Johnny Cash. They compile all of that to a really great tour. This is a must see!

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Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Great place to see where Elvis did his first recording and a lot of other great artists.
They have a gift store fit different memorabilias and Tshirts

Thank Mike d
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

Although rather small, Sun Studios is of course a legend. The tour is comprehensive and interesting. Lots of memorabilia both on display and for sale in the shop.
Tours run one per hour, so check / book ahead at busy times to avoid a long wait.

Thank rexbarker
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