August 29, 2013

Topping iTunes Charts: A 96-Year-Old Man's Song to His Late Wife

Fred Stobaugh, Green Shoe Studio, Fred Stobaugh Oh Sweet Lorraine, Oh Sweet Lorraine, yiweilim, Yi Wei Lim, Jacob Colgan

When Illinois-based music studio Green Shoe Studio launched a singer-songwriter contest to gauge local talent, they had no clue what they were in for. One of the submissions came from 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh who wrote a love song to his recently deceased wife Lorraine (married 73 years!). Despite the competition requiring online submissions on YouTube and Fred's submission arriving in a thick manila envelope, along with a letter explaining the song, Fred's story so touched the crew at Green Shoe Studio that they decided to produce the song at no cost to Fred.

Yi Wei Lim, Fred Stobaugh, Lorraine, Oh Sweet Lorraine, Green Shoe Studio

Now complete, the song, "Oh Sweet Lorraine", features the voice and instrumentals of Jacob Colgan. The song is currently at the top of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart! After that, a documentary titled "A Letter from Fred" has been released.

Tell me this isn't the cutest, sweetest thing ever. Some people are so blessed to possess such enduring and tender love. Hoping Fred has the best of health and happiness despite the passing of his wife.

Discovered via My Modern Met.
Images: here, here.

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