BEAL STREET has played a role in making Memphis one of the most musically rich cities in the world. It's home to many of the first black businesses in the south, the birthplace of the Blues, the civil rights movement, and rock 'n roll bands. It's not unusual to find fans and music lovers roaming the streets in search of the American blues scene. Grab some barbecue ribs, a beer, and enjoy the atmosphere!
Downtown Memphis comes alive after dark as soulful melodies fill the air and the atmosphere stirs with sounds of legendary musicians like B.B. King, Willie Mitchell, and Isaac Hayes. Over time Beale Street has become famous for its blues nightclubs and musical venues, shops, galleries, and restaurants that feature local musical talent and entertainment.
No trip to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Sun Studios, a Mecca for recorded music housed in an unassuming brick building in a seedy part of town. While not very impressive on the outside, real magic happened inside as the studio became the Birthplace of Rock and Roll. It was here that rock and country artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded for its label and eventually rose to become legendary superstars.
It was here in 1950 radio engineer Sam Phillips opened a record studio to record events, weddings, choirs, and funerals. But he also had an open door policy, allowing anybody to walk in and make a recording for a small fee. His slogan was We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime. This informal business with its unconventional recording practice attracted all comers, and provided a rare opportunity for young talent to develop their style, market their skills, and connect with the public.
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