Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Picture of the week - May 5

This week I'm featuring a shot of where it all began for rock and roll...Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.

This is the little recording studio run by
Sam Phillips where legends such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and others recorded the songs that ignited what became the rock and roll craze in the mid 1950s.

I took this picture, actually, from a moving car. In hindsight, I should have just got out of the car and shot the picture from across the street. But, we'd just spent more than an hour in there and were getting off we went.

What's lesser known is that the studio also was the place where other influential pre-Elvis records were cut such as the song "
Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' featuring song composer Ike Turner on keyboards.

Anyway, Diane and I visited Memphis a few years ago and loved it. A great three day weekend with spectacular food (check out the dry-rub ribs at
Rendezvous), music and clubs on Beale Street, historic locations such as Sun Studios, Graceland and the site of where the Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated - now an important civil rights museum.

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