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Fred Stobaugh's "Oh, Sweet Lorraine"

August 30, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
Fred Stobaugh, 96, loved Lorraine, his wife of nearly 73 years, and wanted even more time with her.

That is at the heart of his simple and heartbreakingly beautiful song "Oh Sweet Lorraine," which can be purchased on iTunes or Google Play. "Oh sweet Lorraine, I wish we could do the good times all over again," he wrote about the woman he calls the prettiest girl he'd ever seen. "Oh sweet Lorraine, life only goes around once but never again

Stobaugh entered a singer-songwriter competition hosted by Green Shoe Studio in his hometown, Peoria, Ill., after his wife died at age 91 in April. Stobaugh's handwritten entry didn't meet the contest criteria but the studio was so moved by the song that they decided to produce it anyway. I watched it and it reminded me of watching my parents dance at my brother's wedding and the love that my great-grandparents still had for one another into their 80s. Lorraine was a lucky woman.

Consider this the remedy for horrors like Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" and Miley Cyrus's twerking at the VMAs.

Watch Stobaugh's lovely song and the official mini documentary on YouTube at


Article Comments



Aug-31-13 11:17 AM

Thanks for posting this, Andrea. You're right. Most "love songs" are not like this anymore.


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