Sun Studio Guided Tour
Walk into the legacy of greatness when you step inside of Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, the location that birthed rock 'n' roll! Johnny Cash, Elvis Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and others launched their careers at this historic place. You will be able to tour the facility, hear the stories of these notable artists, and hear rare recording pieces! Located in downtown Memphis, Sun Studio is the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark. This 45- guided tour will take you through the studio 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 a revolutionary and unique new sound.
What You'll SeeOn the tour, you'll get to see some amazing artifacts. 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 in this studio; feel the energy that was captured in these recordings. There are so many priceless artifacts from various legends!
About the Artists Who Have Recorded at Sun StudioIn addition to Elvis Presley, other famous musicians have recorded here. Some of these include:
- BB King
- Carl Lee Perkins
- Ringo Starr
- Def Leppard
- Tom Petty
- Bonnie Raitt
- Matchbox 20
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Sun Studio Guided Tour?
The guided tour 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?
- For what ages is Sun Studio Guided Tour appropriate?
Children under 4 years of age are not allowed on the tour.
- Is parking available at Sun Studio Guided Tour?
There is free parking directly behind the building.