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Sun Studio = National Landmark as of today 7-23-03

Wed Jul 23, 2003 1:58 pm

My friend John Schorr, general manager of Sun Studio, is is Washington, D.C. today for a special occasion. The studio at 706 Union Avenue (not the musuem/giftshop attached - but the studio only) is being made a national historic landmark.

Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton is scheduled to sign the designation today, Wednesday in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. (Check C-SPAN for possible TV coverage)

The recognition is reserved for businesses or structures with a significant place in American history. There are 25 in Tennessee and 2,347 in the nation, compared to more than 47,000 on the National Register of Historic Places. The new designation will make Sun eligible for some federal grants and tax incentives.

Congratulations, Sun!

Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:08 pm

And to think that back in the 60's it was being used as a dry cleaners !

Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:13 pm

Graceland is not a landmark yet. It's on the wanna-be registry list.

John told me last week that Memphis hasn't had a certified national landmark since Beale St. was made one back in the late 60s.

Wed Jul 23, 2003 3:36 pm

Appears to be happening..

and from the A.P., which wisely notes the blues artists who also made it a legendary place...G.N.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton will designate the Sun Studio in Memphis as a national historic landmark.

The ceremony in Washington will recognize the studio where recording pioneer Sam Phillips recorded artists including Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Sun will become the first recording studio designated as a historic landmark.

The studio exists much as Phillips created it. It's still a working studio where artists record at night. Visitors interested in music history fill it during the day.

The designation will make Sun eligible for some federal grants and tax incentives.

7/22/2003 9:20:50 AM
Reporter: Associated Press Copyright

Wed Jul 23, 2003 4:45 pm

Official or not, Sun Studio is a national landmark.