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96-year-old man writes love song to late wife

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:21

Sept. 5 - A 96-year-old man's love song, ''Oh Sweet Lorraine,'' becomes a viral hit. Bob Mezan reports.

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A 96-year old man is making headlines with a song he wrote for his late wife. Fred Stobaugh, whose wife Lorraine died last April, entered a song writing competition in his local city of Peoria, Illinois. Although he didn't meet the qualifications for the contest, the organizers were so moved by his lyrics that they reached out to him to record his song. "Oh Sweet Lorraine" - and an online documentary about its making entitled "Letter From Fred" - have become web sensations, accruing millions of views on YouTube and spreading via social media around the world. The vocals on the song are provided by Jacob Colgan, whose studio, Green Shoe, organized the contest. "Oh Sweet Lorraine," which is available for purchase on iTunes, is the first and only song written by Stobaugh, who met his wife in 1938. They were married for 72 years.

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96-year-old man writes love song to late wife

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:21