96 year old enters his "song" about his wife- "Oh Sweet Lorraine" into a singer-songwriter contest -studio brings his lyrics to life...
Fred Stobaugh, from Peoria, Ill., 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 73 years, according to ABC News.
"Oh sweet Lorraine," the song begins. "I wish we could do all the good times over again."
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 Green Shoe's Jacob Colgan. Instead of a YouTube video link, Stobaugh sent a large manila envelop with the lyrics written in a letter:
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.
"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 the words to music and brought the song to life. In the video below, the 96-year-old hears the tune for the first time.
"Wonderful," Stobaugh says after listening, while holding back tears. "Just wonderful."