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  • Located at 191 Beale St. & Hwy 61 at FedExForum [map]
  • Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Last tour at 6:15 p.m.)
  • Call 901-205-2533 for more information or shoot us an email.

Sun Records and

Youth Culture Gallery

Made Possible Through the Generous Support

of the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation

Musicians who lacked money, influence, and agents got their chances at small record companies like Sun Records. Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun, recorded blues, rhythm and blues, and rock ‘n’ roll unknowns from B.B. King to Roy Orbison. In July, 1954, Phillips recorded Elvis Presley. The Memphis sound redefined the national and international music scenes.  By 1955, rock ‘n’ roll was a national phenomenon.  Rock ‘n’ roll celebrated youth, good times & sexuality.  Young people claimed it as a culture all their own and reflected its energy in their dress and language.

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The Mission of the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is to Preserve and Tell the Story of Memphis Music and to perpetuate its legacy.