Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Walking in Memphis

First of all, Happy 2013!

Now back to our trip. After Graceland, we headed back into town to have some lunch. Graceland was my thing although I think Tom enjoyed it as well. He wanted to go to Sun Studio, the birthplace of Rock and Roll.

If you don't know about Sun Studio, the story is this. Opened by Sam Phillips in 1950, it is said to be the place where the first Rock and Roll song, "Rocket 88", was recorded. From then, the list of singers who recorded there is huge and it was also where Elvis got his start. Not only Elvis but Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, BB King, Howlin' Wolf and so many others.

If you love Rock and Roll, this is Mecca.

The tour is actually quite short. Basically you are herded upstairs where they have a lot of memorabilia that traces the roots of the studio. Then you are taken to the studio area where these pioneers of Rock and Roll recorded.

That was the best part of it all. We were standing
here where all the greats sang and recorded. Again, it might not be for everyone but it was actually super awesome. Plus, we had the best tour guide. She was perky and funny. She made the tour worthwhile.

It was back to the hotel after our tour and then later on that night, we went and had dinner and headed back to the BB King's Blues Club to listen to more live music. The band was fantastic and we chilled for a while.

During dinner though Tom informed me that there was a Civil Rights Museum in town. I was so disappointed that we could not visit but when we left town, Tom drove me by. The reason I really wanted to go was because the site also is the site of the Lorraine Motel.

For those who do not know, the Lorraine Motel is where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on April 4, 1968. We drove by and I got out took some pictures. It was pretty sobering. It was a cold and rainy morning and to be standing right there in front of where one of the people I most admire stood, was amazing. It was also very sad.

The only other time I felt like that was when I visited the Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC. There is a great sadness that overcomes you but it also makes you think about how many people have fought for what we have today.

I wish we could have stayed longer in Memphis because I really liked it. It is a pretty amazing little town. And I am sure we only saw a tiny part of what it has to offer.

For your viewing pleasure, there are more photos at the bottom. For your listening pleasure, I am posting the video for "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn. It's a great little song.


  1. Thank you for posting the text of the plaque at the motel.

  2. Hello, may I save a copy of the picture you took of the plaque and post it to my facebook page? I really like the inscription.