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First and foremost, Fred Stobaugh (August 22, 1917 – November 23, 2016) was an accidental song writer. It all began when his wife Lorraine died in April 2013. Aged 91, Lorraine and Fred had been married for more than 70 years. A few months later, Fred then sent the lyrics of a song he wrote in remembrance to Lorraine as an entry for a singer-songwriter contest at Green Shoes Studios in Illinois, where he lived. The folks at GSS was so moved that they met Fred, and created a professionally produced single based on his lyrics. The single made it into the US iTunes top 10, alongside Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

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Discography:

  • "Oh Sweet Lorraine" (lyrics)

Filmography:

  • "A Letter From Fred" (documentary short film on the making of the single)

Tropes:

  • Cool Old Guy: Being able to touch a music studio to do a professional single based on lyrics you wrote (as a 96 year-old amateur) qualify you as this.
  • Happily Married
  • One-Hit Wonder: Being a non-professional, "Oh Sweet Lorraine" is likely to be Fred's only writing credit ever. His example is one of the many reasons why Tropes Are Not Bad.
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