Party Time For Fans - IFCO Show

This appeared in Country Weekly - July 13, 1999

The International Fan Club Organization 32nd annual show was highlighted by Marty Stuart's presentation of the annual Tex Ritter Award to Louise Scruggs, wife and manager of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs.

"Louise doesn't have a clue that she's getting this award," Marty said backstage before the presentation. "She thinks she's here to manage Earl some more. But the truth of it is, in the 60s, Nashville had only two true managers.

"Colonel Tom Parker managed Elvis -- and the best-managed band in this town was Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Louise got them their major recording contract, which led them to Carnegie Hall, to The Beverly Hillbillies theme, and to the theme to the Bonnie and Clyde movie.

"They were household names. That was just unheard of for a country band -- and especially a bluegrass and. She was a real pioneer. And on top of that, she was a successful woman in a good ol' boys' town.

"She's never been recognized, and it's about time."

Marty was joined for the show by stellar stars including John Berry, Jeff Carson, South Sixty-Five, Victoria Shaw and Janie Fricke.

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