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Sun Studio

706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103-3218
+1 901-521-0664
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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“jerry lee” (648 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103-3218
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+1 901-521-0664
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Probably not a place that younger people would enjoy since it really is 50s and 60s music. Tours every hour on the half hour starting at 10:30, but check their website. They are open every day. Tour was around 45 mins. Guide pretty much learned...More

Thank John H
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Reviewed yesterday

A great guided tour of the legendary Sun Studio, known as the birthplace or rock n' roll. This is the little place where musicians like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others got their start in music. You are led by a tour guide...More

Thank ClonedPickle
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Reviewed 2 days ago

No trip to Memphis can be complete without seeing the studio where so many amazing people got their start - Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins - to name a few! The atmosphere is wonderful and gave me goosebumps knowing that it's the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Sun Studio has so much rich musical history, anyone who claims to be a fan of American music should definitely stop by. There are tours every hour, on the half hour, but we came on a busy Saturday, and they had added more tours. The...More

Thank guavasorbet
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Be sure to stop by and go inside Sun Studio. ELVIS, Cash and so many others got their first contracts in this tiny little place. It is sitting on a corner in Memphis, next to a radiator place. Super Cool place.

Thank 572heidin
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Mark was our tour guide for Sun. He was awesome very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to educate people on the studio. The owner was also there John was working behind the counter when we arrived. Not only did Mark have knowledge about the...More

Thank Bollman T
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Do not miss this place, rich in history, so many famous musicians recorded here...truly a place to see....so worth the tour and price of admission...the host is so entertaining and a very talented musician...one of my very favorite places in Memphis!!!

Thank Janet R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wasn’t sure what to expect but we got an amazing tour - we visited in 4/4/18. Our fantastic tour guide, Graham, brought the entire experience to life. Even our 7 and 10 year olds were entranced. We knew that the studio visit itself would be...More

Thank David C
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting history of the place where Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis among others were discovered.

Thank Morris N
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Arrived to the smell of wonderful coffee in the small but very friendly front area of this extraordinary place! Almost impossible to believe that this was the actual start of rock and roll - where Elvis for example made his first recording, which you can...More

Thank Kate W
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ClonedPickle
28 February 2018|
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Response from Poddy C | Reviewed this property |
Yeah sorry don’t know
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SuziGlasgow
12 February 2018|
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Response from mike g | Reviewed this property |
We didn't book and we got in fine but it's best to book a tour as they can get full. Each tour only takes a fairly small number so at busy times you could be waiting a while if you haven't booked. Its a small but totally... More
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leecooperSydney
11 February 2018|
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Response from Anna Q | Reviewed this property |
They have a free shuttle between Sun and Graceland :) not sure about ticket combos tho
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