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“Where history was made”
Review of Sun Studio

Sun Studio
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Sun Studio Guided Tour
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Self-Guided Memphis Music Tour With Transportation
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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.
Illinois
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“Where history was made”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

It's a very small, unassuming place. There are really only 2 rooms -one upstairs that used to be used for boarding the musicians but now houses pictures and instruments from 50s recording artists, and the actual recording studio downstairs. But after learning about its history and the stars it made, it takes on a very large stature. Our guide was very enthusiastic and excited to share the history of the building with us. He really made the tour worthwhile!

Visited July 2014
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Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
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“A must see! Great job Lahna!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We toured Sun Studios on Saturday afternoon. Lahna was the tour guide and she was fantastic. She had a great sense of humor that she incorporated into the tour. She interacted with the group repeatedly and had us all laughing. She really loved the history and the music produced in this studio and she easily shared this with all of us. I would really recommend taking the tour to all who visit Memphis and love great music.

Visited July 2014
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Vail, Arizona
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“Good things come in small packages!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Looking at this tiny old place, it's easy to think, "This is the birthplace of rock-and-roll?" but once your tour begins, it's amazing to see what great things came from such humble beginnings. The tour begins by climbing a flight of stairs to the collection of memorabilia on the second floor. There, your fantastic tour guide will tell you the story of the Memphis Recording Service, its founder, Sam Phillips, and some of the legendary musicians who came through the door.. After going through the exibits, it's down another flight of stairs to the studio itself. Stand where Elvis stood and listen to the sounds of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis right were they were first recorded. After the tour, go back to the gift shop, what used to be a diner, sit in the booth where Sam signed Elvis to a record deal, and have an ice cold bottle of Coke. (Still only 50 cents!)

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“It's a "Should See" When In Memphis”
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.

Visited June 2014
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“Best studio tour. Nice display room. over crowded tour group”
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.

Visited July 2014
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