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'Oh Sweet Lorraine'

96-Year-Old Songwriter

Making Bank

9/3/2013 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Don't feel too bad for this guy ... the 96-year-old songwriter behind the tearjerker "Oh Sweet Lorraine" (which he wrote about his recently deceased wife of 75 years) is rolling in dough after his song skyrocketed to the top of the charts, TMZ has learned.

Sources involved with the song's production tell us, Fred Stobaugh's "Oh Sweet Lorraine" -- performed by singer Jacob Colgan -- has already sold more than 100,000 copies on iTunes, more than Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus' latest singles ... earning $.70 on the dollar.

But iTunes sales are just the tip of the iceberg ... we're told Fred and Jacob have gotten tons of lucrative licensing offers from around the world ... one in excess of $100,000.

A little background: Fred submitted the song's lyrics for a recent competition in Illinois, and the story about Fred and his wife caught fire on the Internet.



It's unclear exactly how much Fred's raking in, but we're told he's getting the lion's share of the profits.

And Fred's plans for his new fortune? New hearing aids, we're told.

Another funny thing ... our sources say when Fred was told he beat out JT on iTunes, he didn't know who that was ... same with Miley. But he did ask, "Is that Billy Ray's daughter?"

We're guessing they didn't show him her VMA performance ... since he's still breathing.

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31.

Ragbraivet    

TMZ, you people are fugging doooshebags!!!  First someone on your staff writes this piece of bull excrement dissing this man because he's making some money off of a song he wrote; a song from the heart which happened to become popular.  And then someone – or probably a whole roomful of someones – signed off on it.  Well, go ahead, arschlochs, deride him all you want for making a buck or two; but remember that all the money in the world isn't going to bring back his sweet Lorraine.  I just hope that he somehow misses reading the comments from low-lifes like you because you have clearly shown that you are so large a group of prikks that you could deflate the Goodyear blimp.  

381 days ago
32.

Das    

"Don't feel too badly for this guy?" Are you kidding me? He just lost his lifetime partner and greatest love. You think he cares about making money? Stick to bashing the Kardashian's and Justin Bieber's of the world.

377 days ago
33.

Eric    

Omg for tmz to say "don't feel too bad" is awful. I'm sure Fred would give every dollar to spend one more day w Lorraine. I'm appalled and shocked you would say don't feel so bad for this guy. Very touching song and story

281 days ago
34.

mrsams    

Are you kidding? If anything we should be thankful to know part of their story through the song. Thank you Fred

259 days ago
35.

shawn    

Your opening Paragraph really makes you sound like a bunch of douchebags. Do you honestly think he wrote this thinking about the money? Why would we not feel bad for him? The man lost his wife!

192 days ago
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