Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records

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Location: at the intersection of Union Avenue (U.S. 51/64) and Marshall Avenue, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.35    W 090° 2.276
  35.13916666    -90.03793333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3N0C


In July 1954 Sun Records released Elvis Presley's first recording. That record, and Elvis' four that followed on the Sun label, changed popular music. Elvis developed an innovative and different sound combining blues, gospel, and country. That quality made Elvis a worldwide celebrity within two years. He went on to become one of the most famous and beloved entertainers in history. Sun Records introduced many well known people in all fields of music. Generations of musicians have been affected by those who recorded here and especially by the music Elvis Presley first sang at Sun Records.

In the early 1950's Sun Records was a small recording studio located here at 706 Union. Owned and operated by Sam C. Phillips, Sun Records became nationally known for giving many local area artists, both black and white, their start in the recording industry. These included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Howlin' Wolf and others.

Erected 1985 by Shelby County Historical Commission and the Elvis Presley International Memorial Foundation.