St. Thomas (song)

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"St. Thomas" is among the most recognizable instrumentals in the repertoire of American jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Although Rollins is commonly credited as its composer, the tune is based on the traditional English song "The Lincolnshire Poacher". By way of the folk process, "The Lincolnshire Poacher" evolved into a nursery song in the Virgin Islands, which Rollins' mother sang to him when he was a child.[1]

"St. Thomas" became popular when it was released on Rollins's 1956 album Saxophone Colossus, though it had been recorded by Randy Weston in 1955 under the title "Fire Down There", on his Get Happy album.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Where There's Smoke, Dallas Original Jazz Orchestra (2009) (St. Thomas arranged for big band in 1976 by Gene Glover)


  1. ^ Interview on Open Source radio at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-01-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) starting about 4.00 minutes in.