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Unique Signs Surround Memphis’ Sun Studio

Distinct signage marks the “Birthplace of Rock’n’roll.”

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When an 18-year-old Elvis Presley walked through these doors in 1953, he started a chain reaction that transformed music forever. Now known worldwide as the “Birthplace of Rock’n’roll,” Sun Studio, (Memphis, TN), was also home to artists such as B.B. King, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.

Jeff Russ is a content studio manager for SmartWork Media and was the senior art director of Signs of the Times from 1996-2021. A graphic designer and illustrator with an interest in sign design and sign history, Jeff documents important, interesting and notable design trends in the sign industry as a contributor to Signs of the Times. He has written dozens of features for Signs, and his column, Design Matters, was published for more than a decade.

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