Memphis, the gateway to Soul music

The Southern American states possess a blend of French, Spanish, and African American cultural traditions.

No other town more than Memphis reflects the musical expression of the diverse cultures of the South.

A visit to the “American capital of the soul and rock and roll “must include three key reference places.

The first stop is Graceland, the mansion once owned by Elvis Presley, a museum paying tribute to the legendary of rock and roll singer.

Graceland, comparing with similar architecture manor houses of the South is an unpretentious residence with the interior the fixtures and furniture suggesting an unostentatious lifestyle.

The backyard pool area, where the king of Rock and Roll is buried has the appearance of a middle-income family living in the property.   

Notwithstanding the unassuming nature of the dwelling, Graceland is the second most visited address after the White House, with more than 650 thousand yearly visitants. 

The main attractions of the Graceland estate are the museum displaying Elvis memorabilia, such as wardrobe from famous shows, his musical achievements and his private car collection that ties up with best know movies.

The next stop of the Memphis musical pilgrimage would be Sun Records, a recording studio that was in the” fifties” the birthplace of rock & roll.

The long list of famous performers, who recorded classic hit songs at Sun Records, includes among many other singers Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Elvis Presley recorded 1954, on the original microphone displayed in the studio, his first hit song “That’s All Right Mama”.

The studio legend has inspired many rock stars like “Stray Cats “lead singer Brian Setzer 2005 tune called “A tribute to Sun Records”.

The third obligatory stop is Beale Street which means to Memphis the same as Bourbon Street is to New Orleans.

Clubs, bars and live music shows are the show card of an entertainment strip like no other.

Every corner café stages the performance of an aspiring rock star, and hopeful Elvis Presley, B.B. King or Louis Armstrong soul master.

Beale Street is the real “Home of The Blues” territory where Soul music began.

A magic night life experience and a non-stop party.

That is Memphis’ vibrant and unique culture.

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