Created by the Smithsonian Institute, the Rock N Soul Museum on Beale Street encapsulates a time when music was changing, breaking down boundaries and moving toward a new sound, through its colorful exhibits. The museum debuted in 2000 with the goal of illuminating the history of rock and soul music, starting with rockabilly.
A blend of rock and roll, jazz, blues, and country, rockabilly factors prominently into the early 1950s music scene in Memphis. You can learn more about it via the displays at Rock N Soul, particularly how Elvis Presley contributed to the craze. Elvis launched his career at Sun Records in Memphis, a recording studio that let anyone record a song for just $3.98. He was a pioneer in the rockabilly sound, and his songs also bridged the gap between races at a time when civil unrest was growing. To find out more about his unique take on rock and soul, and the way others influenced the music genre's growth, check out this popular Memphis museum.