We took the Big Mojo Extended tour and our tour guide was Miss Peggy, who handed out tambourines and shakers so we could accompany her on our musical journey. It was a great tour. Saw where Elvis's family lived when they moved to Memphis (he was 13), they had a sticker on his bedroom window. We saw where Johnny Cash and his wife lived, St. Jude's Children's Hospital (founded by Danny Thomas), Stax Records (home of soul music), the rich part of town where Machine Gun Kelly came from, the park shell where Elvis gave one of his first performances (he was opening for Slim Whitman the yodeling cowboy)---he thought the audience hated him, but they were screaming for more. We drove by the Rock and Soul Museum --we'd visited it in October---and the Gibson Guitar Factory. At each stop Miss Peggy would play her guitar and sing while we accompanied her. She was very knowledgeable and made the tour a lot of fun. Near the end we drove to the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King had been shot, large crowds were there.
At the end most people, who were on the shorter tour, got off and the rest of us went to Sun Studios, the studio started by Sam Phillips and where rock and roll was born. We went upstairs first, looked at memorabilia, saw the dj booth (it had been brought there from the ruins of the hotel it had been in) where Elvis's first record (That's All Right) had been played. The DJ, Dewey Phillips liked it so much he played it 14 times in 2 hours.
|The drum kit belongs to U2 who came and recorded part of their Rattle and Hum CD at Sun Studios,|
This is where I felt Elvis, not at Graceland, but in that room with all his hopes and dreams.