A 96-year old man is making headlines with a song he wrote for his late wife. Fred Stobaugh, whose wife Lorraine died last April after 72 years of marriage, entered a song writing competition in his local city of Peoria, Illinois. Although he didn't meet the qualifications for the contest, the organisers were so moved by his lyrics that they reached out to him to record his song.
“It was a wonderful 75 years [together]… kinda unreal,” Fred said. “But it was real, that’s all I can say. It was real.”
“After she passed away, I was just setting in the front room one evening by myself,” Fred says of writing the song. “It just came right to me almost, I just kept humming it… it seemed like it just fit her.”
"Oh Sweet Lorraine" - and an online documentary about its making entitled "Letter From Fred" - have become web sensations, accruing millions of views on YouTube and spreading via social media around the world. In August, the song even made iTunes' list of the top ten most downloaded songs.
The vocals on the song are provided by Jacob Colgan, whose studio, Green Shoe, organised the contest.
The song, which is available for purchase on iTunes, is the first and only song written by Stobaugh, who met his wife in 1938.
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