What’s the first thing you think about when you hear the name Memphis? Okay, besides him (Elvis), I mean. This lovely Mississippi town is also famous for its music and food as well as its warm and welcoming Southern charm. Only founded in 1819, it is actually the youngest of the state of Tennessee’s major cities, with a population of approximately 654,000 as of 2013. Known for its participation in the Civil Rights Movement, its tasty Cajun and Creole food, expansive parks and fabulous legacy of all things rock and roll, if you don’t have the music in you when you arrive, you certainly will by the time you leave! Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Memphis!
1. Sun Studio
Sun Studio has seen so many famous musicians pass through its doors, it’s hard to know where to start, but let’s try! Opened in 1950 with the first rock and roll single ever (Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats’Rocket 88, in case you were wondering) and known as “The Birthplace of Rock and Roll”, Sun Studio made its awesome reputation signing artists such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lew Lewis and Johnny Cash to name but a few. Take a tour to see fun stuff like the microphone that Elvis used when recording his first song in 1954 and much more, the tours conducted by enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable guides willing to take the time to chat about the musicians who have passed through the studio’s legendary doors. Afterwards, drop by the 50’s style Sun Studio Soda Shop and Record Store to pick up some awesome memorabilia! Kids 5-11 are free, but under 5s not permitted due to the personal nature of the tour performance.