Music Heritage

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Beale Street is the legendary birthplace of the blues in the early 20th century—a tradition that continues today with an entertainment district that is abundant in barbecue, festivals, music and nightlife. Memphis is also the birthplace of rock and roll and soul music.


Some famous Memphians, past and present, with music connections are Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, Cybil Sheperd, Booker T and the MGs, Charlie Rich, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Jerry Lee Lewis, Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Rufus Thomas, George Hamilton, and B.B. King.


Elvis’ home, Graceland, attracts thousands of visitors every year, ranking it the second most visited home in America (only the White House attracts more visitors each year).


Sun Studio, where such legendary artists as Johnny Cash, Elvis and Carl Perkins recorded, is open for tours.




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