Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and Music!

May 15, 2016  Days 24-27.  Miss Polly’s is Real Good Cookin’

Recording studio for hundreds of big-name rock and blues singers!

Recording studio for hundreds of big-name rock and blues singers!

Were we in a time machine the past two days?  Please tell us!

There was FAME studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Graceland where we paid our respect to the King!  At FAME we discovered a Wurlitzer Electric Piano trainer that they have used in taping since the 1970’s.  WOW what a sound!  I thought I might want to buy one — but they are $3200 restored!

WOW what a sound! I think there were only 48 keys.

WOW what a sound! I think there were only 48 keys.

 

We walked down Beale Street in Memphis and found a golden note on the sidewalk to a distant relative, Sid Selvidge!

We have musical talent in the family. There is hope for us!

We have musical talent in the family. There is hope for us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stood in awe at a statue erected to the great memory of W.C. Handy who wrote, “St Louis Blues,” which I  (Marla) can play!  Halelujah!

What talent! He began his career in the 19th century.

What talent! He began his career in the 19th century.

 

 

Ate at Miss Polly’s where Tom ordered chicken and waffles for the second time in his life.

This is the second time we ate at Miss Polly's in the past five years!

This is the second time we ate at Miss Polly’s in the past five years!

 

 

Here's the menu! Maybe you can text or phone in an order!

Here’s the menu! Maybe you can text or phone in an order!

 

Chicken and Waffles...what's that green stuff on Tom's plate!

Chicken and Waffles…what’s that green stuff on Tom’s plate!

 

Toured a Gibson guitar factory where guitars are made virtually by hand in the name of “Les Paul.”  I remember the “Les Paul and Mary Ford musical show on TV when I was a child! (No photos, please! But I found some on the web for you!)

Creating guitars by hand! We could not believe it!

Creating guitars by hand! We could not believe it!

 

Gibson Factory

Gibson Factory

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting this guitar shop was like visiting a jewelry shop. They were beautiful and AWESOME!

Visiting this Gibson guitar shop was like visiting a jewelry shop. They were beautiful and AWESOME!

It all began with a reservation at the Graceland Campground that is right behind Heartbreak Hotel.  (They will tear down the hotel soon because a new super duper Graceland hotel is being built across the street.  I think they are making a mistake!)

 

Every time I see this sign my heart skips a beat. We camped to the right!

Every time I see this sign my heart skips a beat. We camped to the right!

From Heartbreak Hotel we caught a free shuttle to the Sun Records showroom.  (We had toured Sun in previous visits to Memphis, so we skipped the repeat.)

What a great tour this is at the Sun Studio! You can almost touch Elvis and more!

What a great tour this is at the Sun Studio! You can almost touch Elvis and Johnny Cash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When they are restored, you can also catch a Trolley car for about a $1 and it will take you around town!  We bought a mug at the Rock and Roll Museum because it was closed for a private party!  We were not invited!

Elvis was everywhere!  In the shops!  In a video on the shuttle!  Blasting from Heartbreak Hotel!  On the streets! In the Gibson Factory! It was as if we had all come to pay our respects to (or worship?) King!  Memphis rocked!  There was an excitement everywhere we went.  People were there to have fun, buy souvenirs, listen to music, and tour the King’s home!  Even at the campground, if you were game, a pink cadillac would escort you to dinner –FOR FREE!

I wish we had stayed longer!!!  

Who pulled the plug on the time machine and sent us back home?

Tom in one of the control rooms of FAME!

Tom in one of the control rooms of FAME!

One more post to go!

 

 

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