Sun Studio, Memphis

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Sun Studio, Memphis - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: +1-9015210664

Ticket Price: 12 USD

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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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 Opening and Closing 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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  • Really cool place to visit. If you are interested to learn how the rock and roll music was born "Sun Studio" is the place. The tour itself is fun and interesting. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The place is really unique and it's kept almost the same since it was first open. You can feel the vibe of the music and spirit in the air. Highly recommend to see if you are visiting Memphis.

  • What a beautiful place to be. The tour is DEFINITELY worth taking, and it's only about 30 min. Informative walk back in time. To be in the same room that the man in black and the king of rock and roll themselves recorded in makes you feel goosebumps so big your leg hair grows. 100% loved this. Cafe is nice too, sit where Elvis signed his first 3 yr contract with Sam Phillips at Sun Records while you sip a good cup of Joe.

  • Very interesting and informative tour. The tour guide was awesome and highly fascinated by what he is doing. You learn a lot about the history of Rock'n'Roll, hear the very first recordings of legends like Elvis Presley or Carl Perkins and you see the famous recording studio. Definitely worth the 14$.

  • A must see! Take the tour! Staff is very knowledgeable and also in the biz. It was amazing to see where Elvis got his big break. They have a lot of great memorabilia!

  • We took the historical studio tour, which was well done, with a few liberties for drama. The only disappointing aspect was that our tour group had maybe 50 people in a space that would have better held maybe 20. It's worth seeing and hearing, though, and not hugely expensive. The shop sells posters, hats, and probably some recordings, but I felt a bit too cramped to look at the items for sale. After the tour, we walked a few blocks down to see the "sea foam green" building that houses the CURRENT active Sam Phillips Studio. (No tours there, except presumably to paying recording artists.)

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