Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis (Self Guided), Memphis

Memphis is the city of Elvis Presley, and serves as a shrine of sorts to the King. Even though Presley died in 1977, his fans continue to flock to Memphis to pay their respects to the man and his music. This tour takes you to view the school and house of Elvis Presley, as well as the legendary Sun Studio where Elvis recorded. Dress at the same shop as Elvis did! Check out the Gibson Guitars that Elvis used to play! Take this tour and follow in the footsteps of Elvis!
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Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis Map

Guide Name: Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis
Guide Location: USA » Memphis (See other walking tours in Memphis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Author: val
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Humes Middle School
  • Lauderdale Courts
  • Poplar Tunes
  • Tennessee State Welcome Center
  • Lansky at the Peabody
  • Memphis Music Records Tapes
  • Sun Studio
Humes Middle School

1) Humes Middle School

It may sound amazing in this day and age, but Elvis was the first in his family to finish high school! Elvis attended Humes High School (now Humes Middle School) from 1948 until 1953, the year of his graduation. It was at this school that Elvis experienced his first taste of success when he gave an onstage performance as part of his school's talent show. Look at this stage. More than half a century ago, young Elvis was singing and playing the guitar here. And do you think the future King of kings won the talent contest? Of course, Elvis came in the first, as he always did!
Lauderdale Courts

2) Lauderdale Courts

The year was 1948. Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis from Tupelo. The Presley's didn't have much money, so they had to live in a series of boarding houses and apartments. This apartment in Lauderdale Courts was the third home for the family for which they paid $35.00 per month in rent. Elvis lived in Lauderdale Courts until 1952, when his parents' income increased, and the family moved to a better residence. Today, Lauderdale Courts apartments are available to rent to anyone. Go ahead, do it, but just for one night!
Poplar Tunes

3) Poplar Tunes

Poplar Tunes was a record store near Lauderdale Courts. As a teenager, Elvis used to spend lots of time in the store, absorbed with his dream of making it big in the music industry. Many years later, at the height of his fame, Elvis stopped in at Poplar Tunes to inquire about how well his records were selling. The store closed in September 2009.
Tennessee State Welcome Center

4) Tennessee State Welcome Center

Don't miss the opportunity to approach the shores of the great Mississippi River and view the statue of Elvis Presley at the Tennessee State Welcome Center! The welcome center was opened a few years ago and became the second home of the large bronze statue of Elvis. The original location of the statue was Beale Street in Memphis. Visit the Tennessee State Welcome Center to see the King forever young, standing in all his glory.
Lansky at the Peabody

5) Lansky at the Peabody

Elvis called him "Mr. Lansky," faithful customers call him "Mr. B.", and the world knows him as "Clothier to the Stars". Bernard Lansky's store, located in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, is legendary. Elvis collaborated with Mr Lansky throughout the course of his career. When he first bought a shirt from Lansky it the 1950s, it cost just $3.95. As Elvis became more famous, Lansky was named his PR man all over the world. Frank Sinatra, Carl Perkins, and B.B. King have also shopped at Lansky at the Peabody.

Hours: Sunday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Thursday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm.
Memphis Music Records Tapes

6) Memphis Music Records Tapes

Located on Beale Street, in the very center of shopping life, Memphis Music Records Tapes can impress even the most experienced shoppers! The store has a unique collection of vintage recordings of Memphis music! So, all you blues lovers, gospel admirers, rock n’ roll fans and jazz devotees, Memphis Music Records Tapes is waiting for you to come and assuage your music fever!
Sun Studio

7) Sun Studio (must see)

No trip to Memphis would be complete without a stop at the famous Sun Studio. The original name of the studio was the Memphis Recording Service. The studio was opened by Sam Phillips in 1950 and was located in the same building as the Sun Records record label. Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, and B.B. King are just a few of the great artists who either recorded at the studio or were signed at the label.

The studio was nicknamed the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” when Ike and Tina Turner recorded here their Rocket 88 song, considered by many to be the first Rock ‘n’ Roll track. In 1960, the studio was moved to Madison Avenue and renamed Phillips Recording.

Twenty-five years later, Phillips returned to the studio with Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis to record the Class of '55 album. In 1987, the studio was restored to its former glory and became a tourist attraction and a working recording studio.

During the day, the building is open for tours. In the evening, artists can rent the recording studio. A "must-see" are the video interviews of people who recorded or worked with people at the studio. The place is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

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