Illinois man, 96, writes song for late wife of nearly 73 yearsThe song, written by Fred Stobaugh, of Peoria, and recorded by Green Shoe Studio, reached No. 1 in the iTunes singer/songwriter category.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Fred Stobaugh, of Peoria, Ill., wrote a song and entered it into a singer-songwriter contest this summer even though he isn't a singer or a songwriter.
Stobaugh, 96, wrote the song in memory of his late wife, Lorraine, who died in April at age 91 after 75 years together and nearly 73 years of marriage.
The contest entry caught the people at Green Shoe Studio, of East Peoria, by surprise since it arrived in a Manila envelope instead of the standard electronic format. Even though the entry didn't meet the contest's guidelines, Jacob Colgan and the Green Shoe crew said they were so moved by Stobaugh's lyrics that they recorded the song free of charge.
The song, "Oh Sweet Lorraine," which reached the No. 1 spot in the singer/songwriter category and was as high as the No. 6 single Thursday on iTunes, and this documentary by greenshoestudioinc are the end results: