Peter Wagenaar could operate the family radiogram (remember them?) before he was two and spent his early years listening incessantly to his parents’ records, notably the soundtrack of The Sound of Music and the cast recording of My Fair Lady. “That’s Entertainment” subsequently introduced him to the MGM musical, the treasure trove of songs in those films and singers like Judy Garland. From there, it was inevitable that he would go on to also discover jazz and the great jazz singers.
Over the years, his love for the so-called Great American Songbook continued to deepen and grow and he developed a particular interest in obscure songs and forgotten singers. As he has often said, “What’s not to love Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Doris Day? Likewise Embraceable You, Begin the Beguine, My Funny Valentine and All the Things You Are?” But there is so much else out there.”
His show “I’ve Got My Standards” while not ignoring the big names, makes a point of including the songs and singers that casual fans of this music might never have heard of.
Peter’s hope is that at least a few people will dig them as much as he does.