Walking in Memphis: Photo Diary

When we arrived it Memphis we raced to Sun Studios, and managed to make it in time for the last tour of the day. Aside from Willett Distillery, it was possibly my favourite 'tourist attraction' we took the time to visit. 

Before it became Sun Studios, it was known simply as the Memphis Recording Service.

Big Elvis' year book. 

The Million Dollar Quartet: the iconic photograph taken at an impromptu jam session at Sun Studios of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis on 4th December 1956.

in his element


Whisky and cokes flowing
Beale Street was really fun. We pitched up at B. B. King's Blues Club, which may be a bit of an obvious choice, but we only had one night in Memphis and we felt we couldn't miss such an institution. It didn't disappoint, the calibre of the musicians playing there was awesome, so much so I was cajoled into going on stage to spend $20 on a Preston Shannon CD, which we listened to all the way to Natchez. 

The perfectly preserved motel where Martin Luther King was shot on 4th April 1968. The National Civil Rights Museum stands nearby too.

Excited for the Graceland tour.

Graceland, Elvis' home, is definitely worth a visit, even for the non-Elvis fan. We opted for the cheapest tickets, and so missed the cars and aeroplanes, which I'm slightly gutted about, but it was still an awesome way to spend an afternoon.

Very minimalist, was old Elvis.

Looking suave.

Seeing how many awards Elvis won in his lifetime was astounding, and I'm actually halfway down the corridor for this shot, so there's pretty much the same again behind me. Mind blowing.

It might be a bit of a tourist trap, but god damn, the ribs at Charles Vergo's Rendezvous are hands down the best I've ever had. It's a cool little place too, tucked down an alleyway and down an alarmingly vertiginous set of stairs, full of memorabilia of their 60 years in business, with slightly churlish waiters who will grossly underestimate your ability to polish off an entire plate of ribs. But, as you can see, I was totally in my element:

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