Skip to comments.'She gave me 75 years of her life': The 96-year-old who entered heartbreaking song he wrote....
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, its 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.
Ill 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 Id 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 ...
Video link containing the recorded song:
I am going to need a New Monitor because this on keeps getting blurry when I read this story.
Best 99 cents I’ve spent in a decade.....
only the name is the same.....plus I have that album
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...)
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.
Wow! what more is there to be said.
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.
I’m in. It’s a keeper for sure.
Will buy for self, friends and family.
Freepers buy this song for Fred.
Also available on google play for 99 cents:
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.
I would also say big kudos to Jacob Colgan and his company Green Shoe Studio for bringing Freds heartfelt words to music.
Anyone here with a great wife can empathize
I literally pray to go first cause I would fear life without her more
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!