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Celebrate 60 Years of American Music on Independence Weekend


July 5, 1954 changed the face of American music forever. Nineteen year old Elvis Aaron Presley walked into what is now known as Sun Studio and recorded “That’s All Right”. Many historians credit this first professional recording of Elvis’ to be the onset of Rock ‘N’ Roll music and its movement. Fast forward 60 years later and Sun Studio is set to celebrate these 60 years of what makes Rock ‘N’ Roll American this Saturday in its birthplace of Memphis.

The celebration will take place on Saturday, July 5th, and will include free tours of the new exhibit “Dewey Phillips: Rock N Roll on the Radio”, a commemorative cake cutting ceremony, and a live broadcast by the BBC in the famous studio room. The first 400 visitors in line will receive a special limited release 45 vinyl of Chris Isaak’s version of “That’s All Right” to be shipped to your front door in the Fall of 2014. The record will never be available for free or sold anywhere after this date. The museum is open to guests at 10am for the new exhibit and free tours of the full Sun Studio will start at 4:30 pm. The museum will close at 7:45pm. Go here for more info.

Here’s the schedule for the day:

  • 10:AM-11:40

Sun Studio opens the gift shop and begins giving FREE tours of the brand new exhibit- “Dewey Phillips: Rock N Roll On The Radio”. Tours will be first come first served and tickets are available for timed tours at 10am.

  • 12PM-12:30

Celebrate outside the studio with a commemorative cake cutting ceremony and a few very special guests.

  • 12:30

Those in line for the Chris Isaak limited release will begin to receive a 60th Anniversary of “That’s All Right” souvenir and a voucher number and then move on to a Sun employee that will collect detailed information including Phone, email, and mailing address.  The limited issue 45 record of Chris Isaak doing “That’s All Right” at Sun Studio will then be promised to the first 400 people in line. The record will be fully packaged and sent to your front door in the fall of 2014. Exact date TBA. 

  • 1pm-3:40

Free tours will resume of our new exhibit “Dewey Phillps: Rock N Roll On The Radio”. Tours will be first come first served and tickets will be available starting at 10am on July 5th, 2014.

  • 4:30pm

The Full Sun Studio tours begin! Free for only this afternoon. The full Sun Studio tours will be at 4:30pm, 5:00pm, and 5:30pm. Tickets for the full Sun Studio tours will be available starting at 4pm.

  • 7:45

Sun Studio closes for business.

That night you can also enjoy a free concert at the Levitt Shell, starting at 7:30pm. The event will not only celebrate Elvis and his music with an all-star lineup of Memphis musicians, but also honor the full breadth of the Memphis music story, showcasing classics by Booker T. & the MG’s, Sam & Dave, Al Green and The Staples Singers, performed by critically-acclaimed artists of today’s Memphis music scene.

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