Sun Studio

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  • Address: 706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, 38103, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9015210664
  • Fax: +1-9015258055
  • Ticket Price: 12 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Observatory, Historical Site, Entertainment, Performance, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Buildings And Structures

Sun Studio - Review

This is a recording studio in the heart of the city that was set up by the very famous rock pioneer Sam Philips. This studio was earlier known as The Memphis Recording Studio that shared the same location as the Sun Records Label Business. After Sam Philips recorded his first solo album naming it Sun Records in 1952 and since then the place was known as the Sun Recording Studio.

From its very initial days, the studio welcomed talented artists and new talents who later went on to shine in the world of music. Among these the most significant name is of course Elvis Presley, whose albums made hits to take the studio to new levels. The other famous artistes who recorded here include Junior Parker, Little Milton, B.B. King, James Cotton, Rufus Thomas, Rosco Gordon, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbisons’, etc. The music was the beginning of the era of rock ‘n’ Roll, Country Music, old Rock, etc. Among the many award winning albums are Rocket 88, Raunchy, etc. The legacy went on till many years and the recent time artists have also recorded in this studio to produce hit albums like No Better Than This, Beyond The Sun and many others.

The museum after it had been closed down immediately after the death of Elvis Presley was reopened in 1987 as a revamped recording studio with newer decorations and infrastructure. The studio now also served as a destination for music lovers and Elvis Presley fans from all over the world. 

Sun Studio Information

  • You can collect gifts and souvenirs from the Sun Studio Cafe.
  • There is free parking available behind Sun Studio.
  • Free shuttle facilities are available to/ from Graceland and Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum.

Sun Studio Ticket Prices

  • Kids from 5-11 years enjoy complimentary entry.
  • Children below 5 years are not allowed in the studio.

Sun Studio Hours

  • Tours are given from the second half of every hour from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

How To reach Sun Studio by Public Transport

  • Bus numbers 20, 34, 36 and 56 till stop Union Ave @Marshall Ave

Restaurants Near Sun Studio

  • Dominoz Pizza
  • Orchid Club

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TripHobo Highlights for Sun Studio

  • Sun Studio Address: 706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, 38103, United States
  • Sun Studio Contact Number: +1-9015210664
  • Sun Studio Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Sun Studio Price: 12 USD
  • Best time to visit Sun Studio(preferred time): 11:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Sun Studio: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Sun Studio

  • 81.68% of people who visit Memphis include Sun Studio in their plan

  • 58.44% of people start their Sun Studio visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Sun Studio

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

94.2% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sun Studio

People normally club together Orpheum Theater and Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum while planning their visit to Sun Studio.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Sun Studio, Memphis Reviews

  • Very cool spot! Saw the studio where Elvis recorded his 1st record. They even have all the original equipment used for the session! They also had clips of the song, and clips of the famous jam session he did with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, & Carl Perkins! They had a piano used by Jerry Lee Lewis, & they let me play it! I haven't played in over 40 years, but remembered just enough not to embarrass myself LOL. A must see in Memphis!

  • What an awesome experience. The staff and tour guide were great, and super knowledgeable. My wife said that the malt they made for her while I went on the tour was the best she'd ever had. The studio itself was lovingly preserved and holds such a rich history. It was a true pleasure to be where many of the pioneers of rock and blues music once stood and recorded their hits.

  • A very cool experience. The guided tour was fun and entertaining. Our guide was engaging and charismatic. If you're going to do the tour, be prepared to hang out in the studio's cafe entrance. It is small and can be tight if there are a lot of people, which there were when I went on a Sunday afternoon. Still worth it.

  • Great stop for music lovers. Our tour guide was fun and did an awesome job. The place is not very big so only need couple hours here with the tour. It was pretty neat standing in the recording studio where greats like Johnny Cash, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others sang.

  • Well, the admission price is steep, however this is one of those places that I was willing to pay for. There is not too much to see or tour, but there is an enthusiastic guide with a well rehearsed narrative. It's not about that, it is about being in the actual place where so many greats stood, performed, recorded and changed history. What it leaves you with is inspiring, because you realize that it is not about location, or studio space, or even equipment. It is and was about people. About vision. About daring. The place is pretty busy, I recommend taking the last tour at 5:30 pm. Four stars only because of the ticket price. It is a must see.

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