Rock ‘n Roll in Memphis
If you are interested in visiting Memphis, here is a list of places that should not be missed during your stay. There is an incredible amount of history in this charming mid-southern city known also as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll.
Here is my list of the very best of Memphis for a first visit:
The Mississippi River – The Mississippi River offers Memphis some of its distinction; “The River City” and “Bluff City”. The Mississippi is the second longest river in the US and the largest by volume, and serves as Memphis’ western border. Enjoy the banks of the Mississippi on a riverboat cruise, a canoe, or simply enjoy the nearly five miles of parks along the river.
The Peabody Ducks – This truly unusual attraction is unique to Memphis. The parade takes place twice daily; each morning, five ducks parade into the fountain in the Peabody Hotel’s lobby. Each evening, the ducks parade from the fountain to their rooftop home. While in the Peabody Hotel admire the grand architecture and visit Lansky Brothers Clothiers, fine tailors and clothiers to the King.
Sun Studio – the studio was recording home to Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner and more. The studio formed the beginnings of mixing country music with R&B. Sun Studios broke new ground in recording music and is known as an incubator of musical creativity. It is still a functioning studio and a tourist destination for music lovers.
Graceland – Tour Elvis’ mansion, visit his grave and view his automobiles and airplanes. One doesn’t necessarily have to be a fan of Elvis to appreciate the visit, a fan of music in general will enjoy this tour.
Rock & Soul Museum – The Museum offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience beginning with the porch music of the sharecroppers in the 30’s and urban influences of the 40’s, radio, the 50’s and Sam Phillip’s Sun Studios, the rise of Stax and soul music, and the 60’s and 70’s. It covers the impact of the civil rights movement and the musical influence of each time period.