THE birthplace of rock 'n' roll is brought back to life tomorrow night in hit show Sun Records - The Concert.

Musical visionary Sam Phillips opened his recording studio in Union Avenue, Memphis, in 1950.

He went on to discover and record some of the biggest rock 'n' roll pioneers in music history, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.

Rhythm and blues-loving Phillips originally set up the studio to bring African-American music to a white audience.

But legendary producer and engineer Jack Clement recorded Jerry Lee Lewis while Phillips was away on a trip to Florida, paving the way for what was to come as the studio crafted a new style of music from gospel, blues, hillbilly, country, boogie and western swing.

In 1954 Phillips combined a modest 19-year-old Elvis Presley with musicians Scotty Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana to create music that infused country and R&B.

It transcended musical and racial barriers and the ‘Sun sound’ was born.

The trailblazing studio spawned groundbreaking hits such as That's Alright Mama, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin', Bear Cat, Blue Suede Shoes and Good Rocking Tonight.

The concert – starring Michael James Glaysher, Cody Lee, Gavin Stanley and a supporting cast of amazing musicians and backing singers – is performed in an exact replica of the Sun Studios to take audiences back to the home of rock 'n' roll.

The tribute show is the only one officially endorsed by Sun Records.

It's at the West Cliff Theatre on June 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £23.50 from the box office on 01255 433344.