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'She gave me 75 years of her life': The 96-year-old who entered heartbreaking song he wrote....
Daily Mail ^ | 8-25-13

Posted on 08/25/2013 11:56:57 AM PDT by rawhide

A 96-year-old Illinois man wrote a song about his wife of 75 years and when he sent the heart-wrenching ode into a singer-songwriter contest, they decided to produce it for him.

When Fred Stobaugh talks about his wife Lorraine now, it’s hard for him to hold back tears after the life they led together he says was ‘like a dream.’

After she died, he was sitting alone in the Peoria home they once shared and for the first time in his life he decided to write a song.

‘It just fit her,’ Stobaugh said.

After penning ‘Oh Sweet Lorraine,’ he saw an ad in the local paper for a singer-songwriter contest. Though he was neither of those things, he decided to send in the ballad.

‘I’ll just send a letter,’ he remembered thinking, though the contest rules asked for a video of the songwriter entrants actually performing their song. ‘Send it all in. Never thinking I’d get an answer or nothing.’

But when the contest runner received just one giant manila envelope in a sea of emailed entries, they took notice. They never expected anything quite like what Fred sent them.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: lorraine
Video at above link.


1 posted on 08/25/2013 11:56:57 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Video link containing the recorded song:
http://vimeo.com/70426141


2 posted on 08/25/2013 12:00:41 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
I hope you can forgive this post, but the title certainly reminds me of the Uriah Heep song of the same name . . .
3 posted on 08/25/2013 12:05:53 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: rawhide

I am going to need a New Monitor because this on keeps getting blurry when I read this story.


4 posted on 08/25/2013 12:13:49 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks rawhide.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oh-sweet-lorraine-feat.-jacob/id676472051


5 posted on 08/25/2013 12:15:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: rawhide

Great story


6 posted on 08/25/2013 12:17:54 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: rawhide

Best 99 cents I’ve spent in a decade.....


7 posted on 08/25/2013 12:18:05 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Olog-hai

only the name is the same.....plus I have that album


8 posted on 08/25/2013 12:19:51 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: rawhide

my first itunes purchase. i sure hope it actually goes to Fred.

However long he has to wait is but a moment to the eternity they will have once reunited.

G-d bless Fred.

(now i have to finish cutting these onions...)


9 posted on 08/25/2013 12:22:53 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: rawhide

Incredible, that love can lost that long, and still mean so much. What a kindness these guys did for that man. I wish a thousand blessings on them.


10 posted on 08/25/2013 12:25:37 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: rawhide

Wow! what more is there to be said.


11 posted on 08/25/2013 12:39:34 PM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: rawhide

That was so beautiful my eyes are full of tears. I hope Sweet Lorraine heard the song and may they be reunited again in a better world.


12 posted on 08/25/2013 12:40:31 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: rawhide

BTTT!


13 posted on 08/25/2013 12:46:37 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: wardaddy

beautiful.....


14 posted on 08/25/2013 12:57:53 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: JamesA

truth bump!


15 posted on 08/25/2013 12:59:06 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: rawhide
I have to get a new monitor, my old one just got all blurry...

With Love,
GtG

16 posted on 08/25/2013 1:01:31 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: rawhide

I’m in. It’s a keeper for sure.

Will buy for self, friends and family.

Freepers buy this song for Fred.


17 posted on 08/25/2013 1:04:41 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: SunkenCiv; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Also available on google play for 99 cents:

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Green_Shoe_Studio_Oh_Sweet_Lorraine_feat_Jacob_Col?id=Bwynwhkhgilvifufeaaj45io3tu


18 posted on 08/25/2013 1:07:52 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Hostage

Thanks Hostage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDi4hBWsvkY

more links:
http://vimeo.com/70426141


19 posted on 08/25/2013 1:52:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Olog-hai
Sweet Lorraine--The Piccadilly Players (1928)
20 posted on 08/25/2013 2:46:13 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: rawhide
Thank you rawhide SO much for posting this.

I watched the video, purchased the beautiful song on iTunes, and am busily cleaning my video monitor because it seems to have gone all blurry (and apparently I'm not the only one whose monitor was similarly afflicted *sniff*).

What a heartwarming story. My day, and days to come, are changed by this... a lot of things I thought were really important have sorta diminished in criticality... taking a few minutes for this story has helped put things in better perspective.

Thanks again!!

21 posted on 08/25/2013 2:47:11 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: rawhide

Beautiful.

I would also say big kudos to Jacob Colgan and his company Green Shoe Studio for bringing Fred’s heartfelt words to music.


22 posted on 08/25/2013 3:18:33 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: rawhide

Anyone here with a great wife can empathize

I literally pray to go first cause I would fear life without her more


23 posted on 08/25/2013 5:34:27 PM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: SunkenCiv; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

I just gave the link to a reporter for WSJ and asked if a story could be done on it.

It it makes it into WSJ it could attract millions of listeners and potential buyers. Fred may be a rich man for his touching song!


24 posted on 08/25/2013 8:26:06 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: dayglored
You are welcome FRiend.
25 posted on 08/25/2013 8:28:33 PM PDT by rawhide
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