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I Left My Heart In Memphis ( It's more than BBQ, B

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A March 2001 trip to Memphis by Soulsearcher

Quote: Memphis is a city that is known as the home of Elvis, bbq, blues and Beale St. but Memphis is a city with a rapidly beating pulse that takes all that it has to offer and gives every visitor something to do. And all with a smile and southern hospitality.

I Left My Heart In Memphis ( It's more than BBQ, B

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I was only in Memphis from March 1st thru late March 3rd, but even in that short period of time the city captured my heart. Our first stop was Graceland and all things Elvis. Even as a non-fan I was quite impressed. We took the platinum tour and at the end of it all I felt I had a much better understanding of the man and his life. The National Civil Rights Museum is a must-do for anyone who has a heart or would like to better understand the struggle of people of color in our society. I broke down and cried several times during the tour and lost it when I entered the area where Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.was killed. Sun Studio is also a must-do, and The Rock and Soul Museum ...Read More

Ramada Inn Midtown

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Hotel | "The Ramada Inn Midtown"

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We had a large room with 2 double beds, tv, coffee maker in the room with comp. coffee and condiments, hair dryers, two very comfortable chairs and a table to sit in the room to enjoy a meal on or just sit and write. The tv had cable channels and at all times you could check on your billing status and even check out via the tv without having to wait at the front desk. The room had a telephone which is turned on for an additional $10. You could pick up the USA Today and the local papers at the front desk free of charge for guest. There is a restaurant in the hotel but this is Memphis you eat out. The staff was fabulous. It was a busy time at the hotel due to the SEC Women'' Hoop Tournament yet th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2001

Ramada Inn Midtown
1837 UNION AVE AT MCLEAN
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
901 278-4100

Rendezvous

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Restaurant | "The Rendezvous"

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I kept hearing about the Rezendesvous so it was my first stop for the ribs I was craving. The place was packed it was around 5:30 pm on a Friday. After what we thought was going to be a looong wait we were called after 15 minutes. You can wait in the bar area, which we did and the bartender announced to the crowd, "we have a few yankees in the house".:) Once called we were seated by the oh so lovable Percy, who was singing along with the music and just enjoying his job. We ordered an appetizer of cheese & sausage for $5.95 and it consisted of sliced cheese, smoked sausage, peppers, and pickles sprinkled with Lawry's and you got small packages of saltine's. It was good simple ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 16, 2001

Rendezvous
Behind 52 South Second Street (downstairs) Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 523-2746

Cozy Corner

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Restaurant | "Cozy Corner Restaurant : The BBQ Place"

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Let me start out by saying in my opinion this is the best bbq in Memphis bar none, although I have not had all the bbq that Memphis has to offer. This spot was recommended to me by the locals and on our last few hours in town we knew we had to go. I was convinced and I have been glad of it ever since. Cozy Corner is a neighborhood eatery, not fancy by any means. When we got there we knew we wanted ribs but had heard about the bbqed cornish hen, it is out of this world. We got there and Ray was bbqing a turkey. We asked about the turkey but that is a special order ahead of time, no problem. My friend and I ordered the cornish hens with bbq spaghetti, beans and slaw, sweet tea and of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2001

Cozy Corner
745 North Parkway
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
+1 901 527 9158

Sun Studio

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Attraction | "Sun Studios"

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The history of Rock & Roll began here and continues to be made here. I am a music fan growing up the daughter of a professional musician, niece to a number of jazz musicians and a wanna be musician myself. I had always heard of Sun Studios and to have had the opportunity to visit a place that is so small, so non descript but so full of history was an honor. Will, our tour guide brought the place, it's music and it's history to life with his enthusiasm and obvious love of his job. It is the place were Elvis recorded his first record, where modern era heroes U2 worked on an album and were the legendary BB King has recorded. The original wiring is still in the building as are the microphones, drums,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2001

Sun Studio
706 Union Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 521 0664

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

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Attraction | "The National Civil Rights Museum"

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This was the most poignant of museums that I visited. This museum traces the struggles of the civil rights movement in this country and it is housed in The Lorraine Hotel, which is the place that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assasinated. As you enter the courtyard to the museum you see two cars that have remained parked in the same spot since that fateful day, April 4, 1968 and the memorial reef that sits on the balconey. As you enter there is a huge black granite wall that shows people climbing a moutain and inscribed with text. You then move to an area that begins to trace the struggles of african -americans in this country dating back to slavery. There are numerous areas that have audio and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2001

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 521-9699

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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Attraction | "The Smithsonian Memphis Rock & Soul Museum"

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As the only museum associated with the Smithsonian outside of Washington, DC, this is a must see. We have all heard the saying the soundtrack to our lives, well this museum is the sountrack to the history not only of the Memphis music scene but of the history of Memphis itself. It is a place that lets the music take you on a journey of a people who let music breakdown the racial divides that existed in Memphis throughout the years. It is a tour that combines some of the most incredible audio, visual and rare artifacts that you begin to feel as if you were a part of it all. You are given a cd player and a headset that will act as a musical tour guide for you. It also has narrative, so you can foll...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2001

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
191 Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 205-2533

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Soulsearcher

Soulsearcher
Inglewood, California

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