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Memphis, TN

Memphis

After visiting Graceland mansion and Whitehaven church we were full of positive feelings and impressions. Now we went to Memphis, to get even more.

We started with the Beale Street, the Memphis’ entertainment district. There are plenty of swanky clubs, restaurants, souvenir shops, neon signs. The blues clubs and restaurants that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions in Memphis.

Beale Street has been playing the blues for more than half a century. The street is named after an unknown military hero. But Beale Street’s heyday was in the 1920's, when the area took on a carnival atmosphere and gambling, drinking, prostitution, murder and voodoo thrived alongside the booming nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops and hot music. We walked on the Beale Street at the daytime, but still it was noisy and full of music. Between 2nd and 3rd streets, there was a Walk of Fame - musical notes embedded in the sidewalk with the names of blues artists.

Behind the Beale Street we found Gibson Guitar plant, where World Famous guitars are manufactured. Within the plant there was a museum of Rock’n’Soul, but we did not visit it. We spent time in the factory shop and bought some souvenirs to our son, who had just started to show the interest in guitars.

We stopped our car at the most famous recording studio in the World - Sun Studio. This is where it all began - when 18 year old Elvis walked into Legendary Sun Studio for the first time, he was asked who he sounded like. And he said "I don't sound like nobody". And he sang "That's All Right Mama" like nobody ever had... After visiting Graceland, it was enjoyable to think about that.