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“It's a "Should See" When In Memphis”
Review of Sun Studio

Sun Studio
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US$24.00*
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Sun Studio Guided Tour
Ranked #2 of 160 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 28 July 2014

No doubt about it, Sun Studio is one of the roots of modern music, if not THE root. A lot of the greats came and recorded here and changed face of music from what it was before to something new. You will learn a lot about how records were made, and how musicians, DJs, and Sun Studio brought blues, rockabilly, and rock-and-roll to the world. You will not only see the actual equipment used to make records, but also get the chance to stand on the exact spots where people like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, and Howlin' Wolf made their music. This place is so important to music history that contemporary musicians like U2, Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr, and Def Leppard came to record in order to be part of that history.

The price of the tour is a little more expensive than it should be, but overall it is worth it.

Thank Robert G
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

I give A+ to all aspects of the tour except the tour size. About 10 people too many in the group. We got a bonus at the end of a real rock star playing tourist. Could not see control room or board. Nice store and employees really great.

Thank Lynea D
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

While the history of the studio was teriffic, and it was exciting to stand where so many iconic recordings have been made, overall I was dissapointed in the experience. The tour was over crowded packing too many people in the small room upstairs where the exhibits were placed. They then rushed you on to the recording studio before you could have a chance to look at the exhibits you heard them speaking about, but couldn't see.
Sadly I learned more about Sun Studio from my tour of the Rock and Soul Museum than I did from the Sun Studio Tour itself

Thank fenrirsget
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

If you grew up in the fifties this is a magical place.All the legends of early Rock N Roll are remembered here,Elvis Jerry Lee, Cash etc

1  Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Loved every minute of this guided tours. From the lady on the till who got us on an early tour to the guide who was both informative but also entertaining. Anyone who has only the slightest interest in music will find this great. So much history and characters in the building.

Thank joep735
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