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A musical tour: Memphis

Pose with a guitar in Memphis' Sun Studio,

Pose with a guitar in Memphis' Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley recorded. Photo Credit: Getty Images, 2007

Memphis is dubbed "the birthplace of rock and roll," making it the perfect spot for a musical tour.

Elvis is outside the building--there's a statue of
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Elvis is outside the building--there's a statue of him on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn.

You can bring home Elvis kitsch from a
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You can bring home Elvis kitsch from a shop on Beale Street in Memphis.

Beale Street nightlife lights up Memphis with musician
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Beale Street nightlife lights up Memphis with musician Muck Sticky and the Beale Street Flippers.

Beale Street in Memphis is jammed with clubs,
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Beale Street in Memphis is jammed with clubs, bars, restaurants and souvenir and music shops.

Tours of the Gibson factory in Memphis cost
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Tours of the Gibson factory in Memphis cost $10.

The Gibson Guitar factory in Memphis offers tours.
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The Gibson Guitar factory in Memphis offers tours.

The grandest hotel in Memphis, Tenn., is the
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The grandest hotel in Memphis, Tenn., is the famous Peabody.

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music houses
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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music houses original Stax recording equipment, Isaac Hayes' restored peacock-blue 1972 Superfly Cadillac El Dorado and tributes to regional artists including Al Green, Otis Redding and Ike and Tina Turner.

Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tenn., the
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Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tenn., the highlight of any trip to the city, first opened for tours on June 7, 1982. (Aug. 2010)

Tourists check out the trophy room inside Graceland,
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Tourists check out the trophy room inside Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tenn. (Aug. 2010)

Rocking out at the Graceland gates in Memphis,
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Rocking out at the Graceland gates in Memphis, Tenn. (Aug. 2010)

In midtown Memphis sits Sun Studio, where Elvis
Photo Credit: Getty Images, 2007

In midtown Memphis sits Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley recorded his first record.

Sun Studio began as the Memphis Recording Service.
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Sun Studio began as the Memphis Recording Service.

Al Pruett, of Cypress, Calif., looks at memorabilia
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Al Pruett, of Cypress, Calif., looks at memorabilia while touring Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn. (2005)

Pose with a guitar in Memphis' Sun Studio,
Photo Credit: Getty Images, 2007

Pose with a guitar in Memphis' Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley recorded.

Rock pioneer Sam Philips turned Sun Studio --
Photo Credit: Dan Ball

Rock pioneer Sam Philips turned Sun Studio -- where Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and many more recorded -- into a record label.

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