Illinois-based music recording studio Green Shoe Studio launched a singer-songwriter contest open to the public earlier this summer in the hopes of finding local talent, but little did they know, 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh would enter with a heartwarming song dedicated to his late wife. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

A Letter from Fred

Inspired by his late wife Lorraine, who happened to be his partner of 75 years (married for almost 73 of them), Fred decided to enter the contest on a whim, never thinking he’d hear a response. Little did he know that the rest of the world would soon know all about him.

Official Documentary

Over the last few days, Fred’s story has become a viral hit, raising his song “Oh Sweet Lorraine” to the #1 spot on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter list. It is also currently #10 on the Top Songs list, right above music moguls Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

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