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Move over, Lady Gaga. Our favorite 96-year-old is looking to dominate the music charts.
Last week, Fred Stobaugh melted hearts across the world when a song he wrote for his late wife went viral.
His lyrics to 'Oh Sweet Lorraine,' were originally entered into a singer-songwriter contest at Green Shoes Studios in Illinois. An employee, Jacob Colgan, surprised Stobaugh by putting the words to music. And now, the song is topping the charts.
The song also entered Billboard's Rock Digital Songs sales chart at No. 49 with 6,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Today, 'Oh Sweet Lorraine' is holding steady at number 31 on iTunes. The original YouTube clip, however, that introduced Stobaugh to the world, has jumped to nearly 3 million views.
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- Megan Griffo
One of YouTube's most recent viral hits is also one of the most touching videos you will ever see. Green Shoe Studios' 'A Letter From Fred', which has been viewed more than two million times since its release, chronicles the life of 96 year old Fred Stobaugh, his 73 year marriage to his deceased wife Lorraine, and the touching love song he wrote after her death. As the video recounts, Stobaugh responded to a singer/songwriter contest by mailing Green Shoes the lyrics to 'Oh Sweet Lorraine', a mournful ballad about the memories his wife has left behind. The recording studio was so touched by his story that it decided to put together a version of his song, even though it didn't fit within the parameters of the contest. The resulting song was uploaded to YouTube as part of a mini-doc about Stobaugh's life. As many people have noted, the song itself is not that exciting, »
- Sam Gutelle
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