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Best Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Memphis

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Beale Street at Sunset

Chase away those rainy day blues by taking your pick from these favorites:

Memphis Discovery Tour.  Spend three interesting hours on a bit-of-everything-Memphis tour .  The narrated part history, part attraction hopping and part tasting the best Memphis BBQ tour is a great way to spend a rainy morning.  See sights you may not otherwise see.  Get off at the Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and at Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Check out flashy clothing that attracted Elvis and other legendary stars at Lansky Bros. on Beale Street. Indulge at Central BBQ, and catch the red carpet Duck March at Peabody’s.

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How To See Memphis in 2 Days

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Enjoy a two day Memphis vacation by experiencing the history, cultural richness and music of the city shaped by its location on the Mississippi River.

Memphis started out as a supply hub for river workers and settlers making the difficult westward journey.  By 1840, cotton growing and trading in Memphis had grown to such an extent that it became the largest inland cotton market in the world. Several important events shaped the city’s character: two devastating yellow fever epidemics which almost wiped out the town, the Civil Rights movement which found its voice in Memphis and the cultural impact of the Blues, the uniquely American sound that evolved from “field hollers, the chanting songs of slaves working the cotton fields around Memphis.”

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Complete Guide To Memphis & Elvis

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Memphis is known as the birthplace of the Blues, a uniquely American sound. The city’s prime location on the Mississippi River, circumstances of history, and an entrepreneurial spirit led to the evolution of the legendary music genre and the beginning of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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Dark Side of Memphis Tour

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beale street at night on dark side of memphis tourIf you want to experience some of Tennessee’s dark history, the Dark Side of Memphis Tour is highly recommended. The tour guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter, which revolves around criminals, prostitutes, murders, voodoo, and paranormal activity so it is just the perfect thing to do in October. With Halloween just around the corner, it is a great idea to get a group of friends together and learn about some of the more sordid details of Memphis history to get into the spirit of the holiday.

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Stax Museum Coupon

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staxJim Stewart established Satellite Records in 1957 and asked his sister Estelle Axton to help him expand the record label a year later. They purchased the Capital Theater in Memphis and turned it into a recording studio. The stage was converted into a control room, and the angled floor created a unique acoustical sound. When they discovered that another company was using the name Satellite Records, the siblings renamed their company Stax Records, which was a combination of the first letters of their surnames.

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Stax Records went on to launch the careers of many legendary performers, including Otis Reading, Isaac Hayes and the studio house band, Booker T and the MGs. The studio served as the venue where other well-known artists recorded their hit singles, including Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour.” In competition with Motown and its “Hitsville, USA” studio, Stax Records placed the moniker “Soulsville, USA” on the theater’s marquee to highlight its unique R&B sound. The label produced more than 160 songs that made it onto the Top 100 chart.

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