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

Explore everything Elvis on this self-guided tour of Graceland, the famous home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley. Look through a plethora of memorabilia, like photos, personal mementos, costumes and jewelry. Enjoy a self guided audio tour of Graceland Mansion’s exhibits that highlight Elvis’ rise to stardom. Also, visit the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, featuring some of his favorite cars, including his 1955 pink Cadillac.
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Sun Studio Guided Tour

When visiting Memphis, take a guided, 45-minute tour of Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll and the most famous recording studio in the world. Sun Studio is the very place where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless other superstar musicians launched their illustrious careers. Also there is a Sun Studio Rock Shop voucher included!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Memphis Music Attraction Discount Pass

Get to know the musical history of Memphis with this comprehensive Music Attraction Discount Pass. Enjoy admission to four of the most popular Memphis attractions: Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley; the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of American soul music; the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum and Sun Studio, a recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips that’s well known as the birthplace of rock and roll. Your Viator voucher "must be exchanged for printed passes" prior or you may not be let into attraction. All ticket details for voucher redemption are explained on voucher.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Graceland Tour: Elvis Experience Pass with Transportation from Memphis

Go back in time on a vintage-style bus as you make your way from downtown Memphis to Graceland, the stately home of Elvis.  Your Elvis Experience Pass give you access to all of the fabulous, detailed exhibits that trace Elvis’ impressive career from the early days to the “King of Rock and Roll.” During the thorough self-guided audio tour, you’ll see mansion rooms just as they stood decades ago, in period décor, and admire his car collection, flashy stage costumes, hit records and much more. Outdoors, visit the burial site for Elvis and his family, where you can pay your respects to a singer and performer who touched lives worldwide with his talents.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Memphis Discovery Tour including Rock and Soul Museum

Explore downtown Memphis on this guided, comprehensive 3-hour motor coach tour. Learn about the history of this rowdy blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll river town. Visit many of the city’s top attractions, like Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America, the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and much more. Also, enjoy a barbecue lunch, watch the famous duck march at the Peabody Memphis hotel and tour the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum.
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