SOURCE AWARD RECIPIENT
Johnson Sisters: Loudilla, Loretta, & Kay
Tri Son Publishing, Fan Clubs of America
The Johnson sisters are known as the First Ladies of Fan Clubs because of their successful ventures in bringing the fans to the country stars. Don't let their vibrant, entertaining, delightfully outspoken demeanor take away from their sharp business savvy that has built the International Fan Club Organization. The three sisters began their foray into the fan club business as a hobby due to the boredom of living on a 6,500-acre wheat and cattle ranch in Wild Horse, Colorado. Loudilla became the Colorado fan club representative for George Jones and Loretta Johnson began writing for Loretta Lynn's fan club.
The two Loretta's started a friendship that would remain intact to this day and before long the three sisters were managing her fan club. Within a few years, the Johnson sisters were also promoting records for Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Millsap and many others. IFCO was started by the trio due to the urging from Buck Owen's sister, Dorothy, and today monitors over 300 fan clubs. The sisters also began the IFCO show in 1968 to bring the country stars to the fans. It started during disc jockey week that was held in Nashville in the fall, moved to Fan Fair, and now is part of the CMA Music Festival. All three sisters live in Nashville.
Loretta Johnson died in 2009 and Loudilla Johnson died in 2014