Fred Stobaugh,a 96-year-old whose wife Lorraine died in April, has written a song for his late wife which has made the US iTunes top,10 .He had no previous musical experience and wrote the song on a whim for a competition.
He submitted his handwritten lyrics by post and, although the contest was online-only, the organisers were so moved they put the words to music. Stobaugh does not perform the song himself - on his original submission, he wrote: "I don't sing, I would scare people, haha!" Vocals are provided instead by Jacob Colgan, whose Green Shoe Studio organised the original contest.
"Oh sweet Lorraine," the chorus begins, "I wish we could do all the good times over again."
Stobaugh was overcome with emotion when he heard it for the first time and, covering his face with his hand he said: "It's wonderful, it's wonderful...she was just the prettiest girl I ever saw,.. real timid-like. I just fell in love with her right there... really, really miss her."
The couple would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in June