Memphis, Tennessee is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and home of the blues. We spent a total of 4 days in Memphis and our tour of this historical music city was marvelous.
Graceland is the home of Elvis Presley. It is also the 2nd Most Visited Home in the United States, about 700,000 people thronging to it every year. Only the White House draws more visitors a year than Graceland.
Beale Street is one of the most iconic streets in America and the official home of blues music. It offers three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants and shops in the heart of downtown Memphis. When we walked through Beale street in the evening, I felt there was a music party in the street from the sounds of bands blasting out from every open door.
We had a lunch at BB King’s Blues Club. The variety of southern BBQ were delicious. The club has live music performance during nighttime.
Sun Studio is a recording studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips in 1950 at it’s downtown location in Memphis. Elvis Presley recorded his first song at Sun Studio’s when he was only 18 years old. Superstar musicians like B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, ,Carl Perkins and countless others started their recording careers there. Today, Sun Studio still operates as a recording studio in the evenings while hosting public tours during the daytime.
Jeff, who is a musician himself gave us an interesting tour. He also demonstrated how Johnny Cash used dollar bill under the strings on the neck of his guitar when he recorded “I walk the line” at Sun Studio’s. Before Sam Phillips passed away, he generously donated the microphone, by which these superstars recorded their music. Sam wanted people to have opportunities to hold it. I held this famous microphone and took a picture!