memphis tn

Memphis - Sun Studio 004

This is iconic Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Sun Studio was opened by Sam Phillips on Jan. 3, 1950. It is considered to be the birthplace of rock-and-roll. Blues, r&b, rock-and-roll, rockabilly and country music were all recorded here during the 50s. Artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf and Ike Turner, as well as many others recorded here.

Memphis Sunset on the Mississippi 004

The sunset over the Mississippi River creates beautiful orange, red and purple hues as a backdrop for the Hernando DeSoto Bridge in Memphis, TN.


His son was only five years old when Smith died. Todd Fox, Elmwood superintendent, hung a swing from a holly tree near his grave to make cemetery visits easier for the child. When the eighty-nine year old holly tree died and had to be replaced, the process of replacing old and decaying trees in the cemetery was named the Jeffrey Smith Reforestation Project. Friends did not forget young Jeffrey. In 2000 they erected another swing so that the boy could continue his visits to his father’s grave.  


Elmwood Cemetery
Memphis, TN

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Memphis Sunset on the Mississippi 002

This is the view of the sun setting over the Mississippi River from the Madison Hotel in Memphis, TN.