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Neon signs in Sun Studios.

Sun Studio: Birthplace of Rock

Field review by the editors.

Memphis, Tennessee

Tour the small studio where "Rocket 88" was recorded in early March 1951, the first rock 'n' roll record according to some experts. Sun Studio is also where Elvis recorded his first record ever (1953) and his first hit (1954). By 1959 it had closed, but in 1987 it reopened as a recording studio and tourist attraction (U2 left their drums here), and in 2003 it was declared a National Historic Landmark -- probably to the horror of all surviving parents of teenagers from 1954. Modern-day visitors can soak up the ancient rock vibes, gaze at Elvis's high school diploma, and take photos of each other singing into the microphone once used by the King.

Sun Studio: Birthplace of Rock

706 Union Ave., Memphis, TN
East side of downtown, at the corner of Union and Marshall Aves. Parking behind the building.
Daily 10-6. Tours every hour 10:30-5:30. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $12.
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