Fred Stobaugh, 96, Writes Love Song For Late Wife; Internet Collectively Cries

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Fred Stobaugh, you are our new hero.

This 96-year-old man from Peoria, Ill., wrote a touching love song for his late wife called "Oh Sweet Lorraine" after she died last April at the age of 91.

They had been married 73 years!

How did it come to be? Fred Stobaugh, who's not a musician, entered the lyrics into a singer-songwriter contest at Illinois' Green Shoes Studios.

His entry was like no other, said studio chief Jacob Colgan.

Instead of a YouTube link, Stobaugh sent a manila envelope with hand-written lyrics. Ones which made a strong impression, quickly and emotionally.

"I started to read the lyrics and was so touched by the song. Without even meeting Fred we thought, we're going to do something," Colgan recalled.

With Stobaugh's permission, Colgan set the widower's words to music and brought the song to life. He approved of the final product, too, to put it mildly.

"Wonderful," Stobaugh said through tears after listening to it. "Just wonderful."

Indeed you are, Fred. Thanks for the inspiration! Among the song lyrics:

Oh sweet Lorraine … I wish we could do all the good times over again.

The memories always linger on. Oh, sweet Lorraine, no I don't want to move on.

The memories always linger on. Oh, sweet Lorraine, that's why I wrote you this song.


true love never dies, I once read in a paper about a Korean couple who reconciled 50 years as they were separated due to & during the Korean war. Also about a Chinese couple who ran away to jungle as the society won't accept their love & stayed together until their death. True love is around us everyone, just find the right one, your soul mate.


Oh shut up *Abe* It's a sweet jesture. Stop being a troll


oh sweet caroline, was already produced.

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