Memphis and Music History

Memphis is known for music history, Beale Street, barbecue, and so much more. Legendary figures in Memphis music history include Elvis Presley, BB King, and Johnny Cash just to name a few.

Elvis’ Pink Cadillac

Elvis & Graceland are synonymous. In 1957, he purchased the 14-acre Graceland estate with proceeds from his first hit record “Heartbreak Hotel”. The home reflected Elvis well; furthermore, he was so comfortable there that when he traveled, his hotel rooms were pre-decorated with furniture sent from Graceland.

In Memphis, Beale Street keeps the music playing. Beale Street is one of the most iconic streets in America. It is three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops in the heart of downtown Memphis, and a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and gospel. Beale Street is serious about its music. For a good time, grab a drink and soak up the sounds.

Sun Studio is known worldwide as The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll. It is the location that discovered musical legends from B.B. King and Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. Learn the story of Memphis’ history and culture through the music that put Memphis on the map. Tours are available daily.

Neon Lights of Beale Street

Explore more of Memphis on a city tour, take a riverboat cruise along the Mississippi River, and take a break in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel to see the famous ducks on parade at 11:00 or 5:00. There is so much to see and experience in Memphis. Start planning your custom travel itinerary today.