08 May 2014
Loudilla Johnson, IFCO Founder and President, Passes
Hailing from Wild Horse, Colorado, the Johnson sisters moved to Nashville in 1963 to form and operate Loretta Lynn's Fan Club. Taking what they learned from that experience, they created and organized IFCO in 1967 to share their expertise with other country artist fan clubs. They began their annual IFCO Show to showcase new artist talent in Nashville in the early 1970's. The demand to see more and more of these country artists gave them the initiative to help create the annual event, Fan Fair (now CMA Music Fest), and they continued their IFCO Showcase show during Fan Fair week until 2010.
Since Toby's fan club president shares Loudilla's sister's name (Kay Johnson), Loudilla took an especially keen interest in the formation of Toby's fan club, and was instrumental in making it the huge success it has become.
Loudilla is survived by her sister and brother, Kay and Everett. She was predeceased by her sister Loretta on April 13, 2009, and two brothers.