Elvis Music TeacherSaw No 'Stardust'


Washington, it turns out, has a better connection to Elvis than that old picture of Richard Nixon meeting with the King. Seems that outgoing Federal Aviation Administration chief Marion Blakey's grandmother was his music teacher in East Tupelo, Miss. While her "grandmom" thought his guitar playing was good, she wasn't wowed by his voice. "He had a sweet voice, but not particularly strong," Blakey recalls her elder saying. Even after he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, says Blakey, there was "no real stardust as far as she was concerned; but then he moved to Memphis and, you know, life changed."