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MAR 2013

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Sun Studios in Memphis is arguably the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. No visit to Memphis is complete without a trip to Graceland. The Lorraine Motel in Memphis is the site of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The motel now houses the National Civil Rights Museum. 44 Read us online at Elvis paid $4 to record a song that day, but it took a year before he came back and performed with the studio band, time he spent absorbing the sounds of Memphis. Phillips wasn't impressed with Elvis when he returned until Elvis began fooling around and performed "That's All Right." Phillips recorded the tune and WHBQ in Memphis played the demo on air. Deejays were asked to play Elvis' first song 14 more times in three hours. Needless to say, Phillips signed the young man up and had a hit on his hands. Elvis moved on to bigger pastures and Phillips continued recording rock singles, such as Carl Perkins's "Blue Suede Shoes" and Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line." (You might remember Sun Studios in the film about Cash's life, also titled Walk the Line.) Visitors to Memphis can tour Sun Studios and get a lively timeline and other fun tidbits of information from the museum's guide, plus view the now famous photo of the "Million Dollar Quartet." In 1956, Perkins was in the studio recording "Matchbox" with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano when Elvis dropped by. Cash Harbor Town on Mud Island provides an exquisite, joined in and they up-close view of the Mississippi River. jammed. "Elvis headed for the piano, and an old-fashioned barrel house session with barber shop harmony resulted," wrote the Memphis Press-Scimitar's entertainment editor, Bob Johnson, of the occasion. The musical Million Dollar Quartet, based on this historic gathering, is now touring the country and will be visiting New Orleans April 13 through 16 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Of course, no visit to Memphis would be complete without a tour of Graceland, Elvis' home and gardens. The complex includes the mansion, the Elvis Presley Car Museum, Elvis' Custom

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