Published: October 12, 2021 | Updated: October 13, 2021
Come Fly With Me says Peter as he brings the sounds of Sinatra – and more – to audiences
They’re songs familiar to generations.
Come Fly With Me; New York, New York; Fly Me To The Moon; Mr Bojangles…the list goes on and on.
And Peter Scott – who goes under the name of Scott Free – is never happier than when he’s performing in front of an audience and belting them out for all they’re worth.
But, as with everyone else in the entertainment industry, Covid changed everything, literally overnight.
The bookings dried up and suddenly the diary was empty.
“I didn’t sing for 18 months and I lost my reason to live,” said Peter, 56, pictured right.
“I felt depressed for the first time in my life.
“It was the same for everyone in the entertainment sector but that didn’t make things easier.”
But now he’s back with his new show – Swingin’ Sinatra – and he couldn’t be happier.
Peter, who was born and brought up in Weymouth, said: “It’s just fantastic to be performing again, bringing happiness to people.
“It’s made me realise just how much I still love the industry.
“These are songs which have survived the test of time and it brings me great joy to sing them to audiences who still know and love them.”
A lover of Frank Sinatra, known as ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ and ‘Chairman of the Board’, from an early age Peter is also an aficionado of fellow ‘Rat Pack’ artists such as Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr as well as Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong.
Much of their music, once a staple on radio stations such as Radio 2, was deemed ‘uncool’.
That is until a certain Michael Bublé burst onto the scene.
Now a whole new – and younger – audience is appreciating a genre of music that many thought had disappeared for ever.
Peter started out entertaining care home residents more than 20 years ago.
He moved to cruise ships and liners, including Cunard’s QE2, as well as festivals as far afield as Edinburgh in Scotland and Adelaide in Australia.
His notices include a glowing Edinburgh Festival write-up.
The reviewer said: “With every line he delivers, he convinces me that he means it.
“He interacts with the audience with the ease of a seasoned professional.
“This voice is a dream come true.”
Peter, pictured performing at Zetland Court in Westbourne, has now gone full circle, bringing his new show to residential and care homes in Dorset as well as events such as this summer’s Jive n Vibe in Westbourne.
Apart from classics from the likes of Sinatra, Peter’s ‘Swingin’ Sinatra’ also features the songs of Charles Aznavour, Matt Monro, Andy Williams, Elvis Presley and many more.
Peter, who lives in Bournemouth, said: “I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back doing what I love again.
“It’s time to feel good again – and it’s so good to be spreading the happiness with my new show.”