Sun Studio Guided Tour

Sun Studio Guided Tour
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706 Union Ave , at Marshall Street Memphis, TN 38103
1-800-987-9852  
Detail The guided tour is 45 minutes, but most people spend about 90 minutes looking around the studio.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Gift Shop On-site
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Sun Studio Guided Tour
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Description
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Walk into the legacy of greatness when you take an in-depth Sun studio tour of Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, the location that birthed rock 'n' roll! Johnny Cash, Elvis Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and others jump started their careers at this historic studio tour. You will be able to visit the facility, hear the life biographies of these notable legends, and hear rare recorded pieces!  Located in downtown Memphis, Sun Studio is the only records company to be named a National Historic Landmark. This 45- guided adventure will take you to see the exhibitions and your knowledgeable guide will be there to answer any questions that you may have. 

Sam Phillips opened the Sun Recording Studio on January 3, 1950; He had no way of knowing that his facility would be the first hub for Rock 'n' Roll.  Musicians of the 1950s fused country and blues to create an influential and original new sound. It is a perfect addition to your Memphis traveling. 

What You'll See on Sun Studio Tours

You'll get to see some timeless artifacts with this Sun Studios tour. You will see Elvis Presley's microphone that was used to record is first song 'That's All Right' in 1954. Graceland has loaned the studio many other pieces that you'll get to see as well, some of which have never been seen before! Hear voices of the musicians that are still alive; feel the energy that was captured in these recordings. There are so many priceless artifacts from various legends so make sure to add this to your things to do in Memphis list!

About the Artists Who Have Recorded Here

In addition to Elvis Presley, other famed musicians have recorded here. Some of these include: 

  • BB King
  • Carl Lee Perkins
  • Ringo Starr
  • Def Leppard
  • Tom Petty
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • U2
  • Matchbox 20
Reviews
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Teresa Stewart
MO
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It was very cool to go to the exact place where some years before, great musicians & singers recorded their songs. The place is lined with pictures & instruments. We had an excellent tour guide & got to see the offices & actual recording studio where the songs were recorded. We were told of the technique of how the records were made, & there were period instruments & sound equipment aroumd the studio, with the places marked where peple stood to perform, such as jerry lee lewis, elvis presley, and johnny cash. The studio is still open to people who want to record there, too. Sun studio was definitely worth the trip!
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Cathy
TN
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The tour guide was upbeat and well educated on the history of sun studio. He was a young guy with a great personality. I am so glad we could take pictures at least on one floor of the building. I love the cafe too and the people we met. The price of the tour was a great bargain. The free shuttle from graceland to sun studio was wonderful (they do accept tips). Thanks for making this a wonder -full mini vacation.
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Bruce Burdick
IL
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This was the highlight of the trip. It is a guided tour and the guide was absolutely top notch, really made the tour fun. What a great piece of nostalgia this studio is. I would highlight recommend the tour to anyone visiting memphis.
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Gerald Fletcher
North Easton, MA
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The presence of all the great musicians who have recorded there could be felt while standing in the studio. I found it rejuvenating being a musician myself and found motivation to keep moving ahead with my own music.
Frequently Asked Questions for Sun Studio Guided Tour:
  • Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend here?
    The experience is 45 minutes but guests usually spend about 90 minutes at the studio.
  • What amenities are available?
    There is a gift shop.
  • Is photography & video recording allowed?
    Yes.
  • For what ages is it appropriate?
    Children under 4 years of age are not allowed.
  • Is parking available?
    There is free parking directly behind the building.
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