Can you imagine what it was like back in the 50's when a young machine shop worker came to this studio to satisfy his passion for singing and performing . You might think he - Elvis Presley - was an overnight sensation and that Colonel Parker loved him the first time he heard him sing. You might think that but you would be wrong..........at least according to our tour guide at Sun Studio. Matter of fact Elvis spent a year recording and singing for Colonel Parker until he finally released his first record...1954....."That's All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky". It wasn't until two years later that he had his first number one hit "Heartbreak Hotel".
The story of this recording studio continues even today. It is still an active studio recording at night with many many stars of today coming to this humble place of the beginning of rock and roll.
The tour is a simple tour. Not flashy but rich in detail as you walk through the musical journey. It includes a short but interesting clandestine recording of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis - who at the time was just a studio piano player working on a piece during a Christmas vacation when Elvis had returned from Hollywood. He was under contract with RCA at the time and had they learned about this session.......Sun wouldn't be here today.
When in Memphis....this place is a must for those who have enjoyed and whose lives have been enriched with rock and roll music.
The microphone pictured is the last of three that were used during the 50's and may well have been the one Elvis used at one time or another.
The picture of Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash has been called "The Million Dollar Quartet". This was taken when Jerry Lee was the studio piano player and when Colonel Parker secretly recorded the session.
The drum set was used by U2 when they recorded part of the Rattle and Hum album. They donated it to the studio - and it is still used today.
Finally - x marks the spot. This was where Elvis started his career. It marks the spot where he would have stood during the recordings. It is considered the Birthplace of Rock and Roll.
What made this tour special was not only did you get to listen to history you could stand in it and - you could touch it too! It was simply ......"fun".
BK Travel Tips
To enjoy travel and see the world and often yourself as if for the first time and with with the eyes of a young child.