Musicians like Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Shawn Lane, Sam & Dave, and B.B. King all got their start in Memphis throughout the 1950s and ’60s.
Beale Street is a national historical landmark, and shows the impact Memphis has had on American blues. Sam Phillips’ Sun Studio, the most seminal recording studio in American popular music, still stands today and is open for tours.
Memphis is also home to several film festivals. The Indie Memphis Film Festival, Outflix, and the Memphis International Film and Music Festival are all great events for film lovers and people interested in up-and-coming producers, directors, and actors.