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“Blast from the Past”
Review of Sun Studio

Sun Studio
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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$30.00*
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Memphis City Tour with Optional Graceland Admission
Ranked #2 of 155 things to do in Memphis
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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 26 May 2016

Our guide, although very young, was so enthusiastic about the music history depicted in this museum.. you get to stand in the very studio, complete with the original floor and ceiling tiles where Johnny Cash and Elvis and others recorde., you can hold Elvis' mike AND lay your hands on Jerry Lee Lewis' piano.

Thank Julianne H
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Reviewed 26 May 2016

This is where it all started. It's great from a historic point of view. The tour guide was very enlightening.

Thank DennisFox
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Reviewed 26 May 2016

Had a fun time seeing the museum and listening to the tour guide explain the history. You can have a snack and or drink before or after the tour if you like and souvenirs for purchase.

Thank Loren555
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Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

A small venue but packed with huge chunk of music history. Our tour guide was a mine of information and I came away with a real sense of how important this studio was in the early days of rock and roll. There is a small coffee shop/gift shop to while away the time if you have to wait for the next tour guide. Well worth a visit.

Thank helenh622
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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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