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Music History in Memphis

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When it comes to music history, few cities can rival Memphis, Tennessee. Also known as Soulville, USA, Memphis is home to The King's Graceland and the birthplace of the blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll. Here are some of the city's top music sites.

Graceland
You can't come to Memphis without paying a visit to Graceland, the quirky home of Elvis Presley. In addition to exploring the Graceland mansion, you can get an in-depth look at Presley's life through a variety of exhibits, including one featuring his extensive car collection, another covering his comeback performances in Las Vegas, and one on his love for Hawaii.

Beale Street Historic District
The heart and soul of Memphis' live music scene lies on Beale Street. The clubs and restaurants lining this historic district have played host to legends B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, and Muddy Waters.

Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum
Pay a visit to the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum for a comprehensive overview of the city's storied music history. Just off Beale Street, the museum features seven galleries and three audio-visual elements that tell of the development of rock and soul in Memphis.

Sun Studio
Sun Studio, known as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, was where Elvis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded some of their first tracks to launch their music careers. Today, the humble studio is a museum and national historic landmark offering tours every half hour.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame
A sister site to the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to the city's many influential native sons, including Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and Justin Timberlake.

Gibson Guitar Factory
Set on Beale Street, the Gibson Guitar Factory is where some of the world's finest guitars are crafted. Tour the facility to see the process firsthand, from binding to tuning.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Housed in the former home of Stax Records, where Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Isaac Hayes once recorded, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music traces the history of this important house of music.

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Elvis Presley's Graceland Tour

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Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland Mansion, in Memphis, Tennessee. The full Graceland experience will take ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.00
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Memphis Discovery Tour including Rock and Soul Museum

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Get the complete Memphis experience on this all-inclusive 3-hour tour. It’s a part history tour, part attraction hopping, part food tour that will introduce ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Sun Studio Guided Tour

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Take a guided tour of Sun Studios in Memphis - the birthplace of Rock N' Roll. All the big names recorded here, including Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass

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The Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass is your passport to the music history of Memphis. You will get entry into four of the most popular attractions in ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: Flexible

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Graceland Tour: Elvis Experience Pass with Transportation from Memphis

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Take a fun vintage-style bus to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Home of the King!  A short ride on the charming “Sweet Caroline” or her sister bus “Miss ...  Read more

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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