This weekend I had songwriter Fred Stobaugh on my show. You may remember, that when Miley Cyrus was taking a lot of flak from her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Awards, I mentioned Fred Stobaugh was the perfect counter to the performers out there who think they need to gyrate, strip down and curse to get a hit song.
Last April, Fred lost his wife of 73 years, Lorraine. Fred says she was the prettiest girl he ever saw, and he fell in love at first sight. After her death, he was sitting alone when he started humming a simple tune about her and wrote it down. He called it “Oh Sweet Lorraine.” He entered it in a songwriting contest. The sponsor, Green Shoe Studio, couldn’t accept a handwritten song, but they were so moved, they produced the song, with a video telling the story behind it. Well, the video went viral. And at the time, among all the sex-drenched tunes by Lady Gaga and Robin Thicke, you found “Oh Sweet Lorraine,” 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh’s song of undying love for his late wife, perched at #9 on iTunes’ top 10 chart. A great reminder that all a song really needs to be popular is for it to touch our hearts.
To watch a video about Fred and his story please click the link below. We’ve posted it on my website and hope you enjoy it.
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