An unassuming love letter-turned-song has become an historic hit, as “Oh Sweet Lorraine” by Green Shoe Studio featuring Jacob Colgan and Fred Stobaugh debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 42. The touching song swells to 100,000 downloads sold (up from 6,000 the week before), according to Nielsen SoundScan. (The chart will refresh on Billboardbiz tomorrow, Sept. 5.)
Stobaugh, the song’s writer, is 96 years old, making him the senior-most credited artist to appear on the Hot 100 in the chart’s 55-year archives. Born on Aug. 22, 1917, Stobaugh bests Tony Bennett, who was 85 years and two months old when “Body and Soul,” with Amy Winehouse, spent a week on the survey (No. 87; Oct. 1, 2011).
Stobaugh wrote “Lorraine” for his wife of 72 years, who died in April, and entered it in Peoria, Ill.-based Green Shoe Studio’s songwriting contest. As Green Shoe Studio CEO/producer Colgan explains in the official documentary video of the song, which has drawn 3 million YouTube views since its July 19 posting, “Lorraine” stood out at first simply for how Stobaugh submitted it.
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