Jul 12, 2017

Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee: Part 1

Opened in 1950 by rock & roll pioneer Sam Phillips, Sun Studio is an iconic Memphis, Tennessee landmark. Originally known as the Memphis Recording Service, the building was also shared by Phillips' independent Sun Records label. Sun was the first company to record Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash, earning this small studio its legendary status for rock & roll, country, rockabilly, and blues fans around the globe.

Sun Studio Memphis TennesseeTouring this studio, not unlike Motown in Detroit or FAME in Muscle Shoals, you're instantly overwhelmed by the history connected to such an unassuming space. To stand where Elvis, and numerous others, recorded their first singles makes the early days of rock & roll look so humble. And yet, you only need to drive a few miles to Graceland to see what a difference a few decades made. Memphis's Sun Studio is an incredible slice of music history to explore.  

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Million Dollar Quartet Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
"Million Dollar Quartet". An impromptu jam session broke out between Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash at Sun Studio on December 4, 1956. Often noted as a seminal moment in rock & roll history, the session was recorded and captured four artists together who were radically changing the landscape of popular music in the 1950s.

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Inside the iconic studio.

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee



Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Front office of Sun Studio.

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee
Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee


Sun Studio Memphis Tennessee

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