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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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mrharrybawls2012    

No one needs that much money. Give me some of that dough you damn cretin Fred.

228 days ago
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mrharrybawls2012    

No stories on Rolf Harris on TMZ?

228 days ago
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Toilethead    

Never heard of the song, but I'm glad the geezer is making money off it.

228 days ago
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mary    

that video made me cry. it is a beautiful love story, and he misses her so much, it just touched your heart.

228 days ago
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Jenbear123    

I could see this old man reading tmz comments and checking out the dating websites advertised on here lmao money changes people at any age

228 days ago
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schmuck    

This song made me cry like a bish.

228 days ago
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Phreaky    

Old people LOVE TV, so I'm not surprised he would know who Miley is. My dad is 80 and watches a ton of reality/trash tv and knows who they all are. So embarassing.

228 days ago
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Mick Kahler    

Fred's story is a beautiful one. The love for his late wife is inspiring and so is the help he got from the Peoria studio who was so deeply touched by Fred's words. You can read the full blown story in the Chicago Tribune. Great to see someone making money on something POSITIVE!

228 days ago
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MikeD    

"Oh, Sweet Lorraine"... I was really touched by Fred's letter.. much more the song. Which I purchased already on iTunes. Awesome

228 days ago
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JA    

Wow! To be married 75 years and still wishes to be going through it again. That is true love, not Hollywood love where they pledge true love, forever and ever. Then 3 to 5 year later, divorce

228 days ago
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Truth    

THE MELODY SOUNDS KINDA FAMILIAR... SWEET CAROLINA, NEIL DIAMOND (A MUCH BETTER TRACK BTW..). POINT BLANK. #TRUTH!!

228 days ago
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USAF Chick    

What a great story. Love just doesn't last like that anymore, nor does it sound as sweet as these two. What a wonderful thing Fred, with the help of kind people. did for his wife even after death. Stories like this give back a little faith in Humanity. Thanks for sharing TMZ.

228 days ago
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spader    

...it was real :)

228 days ago
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TJ    

If anyone finds a true, sincere love & mutually caring person, you are indeed blessed.Someone you can trust & depend on,Such a rarity these days.Touching story about two very lucky people,

228 days ago
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foosheezoo    

So sweet :) very happy for him

228 days ago
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