96-Year-Old Fred Stobaugh Writes Tear-Jerking Song ‘Oh Sweet Lorraine’ for Late Wife (VIDEO)
Get ready to cry a little…okay, make that a lot. 96 year old Fred Stobaugh, from Peoria, Illinois, wrote lyrics to what he called “Oh Sweet Lorraine” after his 91-year-old wife passed away last April. The couple had met in 1938 and were married for 76 years.
Stobaugh, who’s not a musician, entered the lyrics in a singer-songwriter contest at Illinois’ Green Shoes Studios. “His entry was like no other,” said Green Shoe’s Jacob Colgan. Instead of video or a YouTube link, Stobaugh sent a large manila envelop with the handwritten lyrics:
“Oh sweet Lorraine, I wish we could do all the good times over again.”
“I started to read the lyrics and was so touched by the song and without even meeting Fred we thought, we’re going to do something,” Colgan said.
With Stobaugh’s permission, Colgan set his words to music and brought the song to life. In the video above, the 96-year-old hears the tune for the first time.
“Wonderful,” Stobaugh says after listening, barely holding back tears. “Just wonderful.”