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IFCO Founder Loretta Johnson Dies

Loretta Johnson, who helped create the International Fan Club Organization, died April 13 from Multiple Myloma, a form of cancer.

With her sisters Loudilla and Kay, Loretta founded the IFCO organization in 1967, with the idea of bringing together country music artists and their fans. The IFCO show was held for many years during Fan Fair and the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, which would showcase new artists and also feature some of the top established country acts. Because of Loretta's illness, the sisters decided that they would no longer be able to put on the IFCO show. The Johnson Sisters also started the Loretta Lynn Fan Club in 1963. To honor Loretta Johnson and her contributions to country music, a special concert is being held at the Nashville Palace in Nashville, June 9, “For the Love of IFCO, a Benefit for Loretta Johnson.” The benefit will include a show featuring both classic country artists and today’s top stars. For tickets, contact Terri Church at (888) 759-7771 or send an email to

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