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Sun Studio

706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 USA

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Sun Studio

Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass

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Flexible
From $81

Memphis Mojo Music Bus Tour

Memphis
1.5 or 3 hours
From $31

Sun Studio Guided Tour

Memphis
90 minutes
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Open Now
Tue 10a-6p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“The Birthplace of Rock & Roll”

The Birthplace of Rock and Roll!"If music we're a religion, then Memphis would be Jerusalem and Sun Studio its most sacred shrine."

Sun Studio is a recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with the Sun Records label business. Reputedly the first rock-and-roll single, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' "Rocket 88" was recorded there in 1951 with song composer Ike Turner on keyboards, leading the studio to claim status as the birthplace of rock & roll. Blues and R&B artists like Howlin' Wolf, Junior Parker, Little Milton, B.B. King, James Cotton, Rufus Thomas, and Rosco Gordon recorded there in the early 1950s.

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Reviewed by
Dagoondock

  • 7 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
August 13, 2014
Rated 3.0

I was really excited to stop here. Unfortunately, my timing was poor. I had arrived just minutes after a loaded, full-sized tour bus and the line was literally pouring out into the street. My experience was so-so, but I tack that up to timing. If you're a blues fan, definitely worth the stop.

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Laia

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 25, 2017
Rated 5.0

We loved the tour and the guide. It makes you feel in the middle of one important spot of the blues music history.

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Reviewed by
jet8886

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 27, 2016
Rated 5.0

We almost didn't come here because I wanted to start our 4-day drive home, but I'm sooo glad we did!! The people there are the nicest and the coolest, from the cashier to the tour guide. I expected my oldest daughter to enjoy it because she's a big Johnny Cash fan, but even my younger daughter who's only into the latest pop music loved it. She was so in awe she had tears in her eyes! Who can pass up the chance to stand right where Elvis was first ever recorded?!! This place is amazing.

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Reviewed by
Cobblette

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 20, 2016
Rated 5.0

The vibes are still alive in the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll -- Sun Studios! I felt transported back in time as our tour guide, Lana, gave us the history of Sun Studios. I walked in Elvis's and Johnny Cash's footsteps! Oh my! Phenomenal tour! I wish I could have been there in its heyday. It is definitely a must see stop in Memphis!

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Reviewed by
susieqw3

  • 11 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 23, 2016
Rated 5.0

This was hands down the best tour of our trip. The tour guide was so enthusiastic and made the visit to sun studio so much fun. Great memorabilia and a rich history permeate the atmosphere here and you can feel it in the air it's so genuine.

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judi.matoushek

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 10, 2016
Rated 4.0

So much history and the tour guide was so much fun! Loved all the pics and memorabilia!

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Reviewed by
roadtripbubba

  • 17 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

Smithsonian-ian artifacts and tour! A must see for anyone who loves music.

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David Stacy

  • 133 Reviews
  • 80 Helpful
September 30, 2014

Birthplace of Rock and Roll.

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Sun Studio

706 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee
38103 USA

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Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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