Sam Phillips started Elvis, B.B. King, and many other greats at the most famous Sun Studios in Memphis. It was originally named the Memphis Recording Studio, sharing the same building with Sun Records – quite convenient for everyone. The birthplace of rock and roll began in 1951 with Jackie Brenston and The Delta Cats. Many a songwriter and musician entered these doors and passed into fame.
A visit to the famous Sun Studios is a walk though time and a visit into history. The interesting things to see and do here include:
1. Take a tour of the most famous recording studio in the world. Stand on the exact spot where some of rock and roll's greatest legends recorded, such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Rosco Gordon, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more than can be named here.
2. See the front office where Marion Keisker greeted the young musicians entering the doors hoping to find fame and fortune – many of them who came into this office actually achieved their dreams.
3. The Rock Shop on the premises is a great gift shop featuring t-shirts, caps, recordings, books, mugs, and much more paraphernalia from the various artists recording there. There's so much to buy in this great little shop, and half the fun is in just looking at all the stuff.
4. Each week, a new artist is found performing in Sam Phillips birthplace of rock and roll.