0031 – St Thomas
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This traditional tune was made famous in the jazz world under the title "St. Thomas" by Sonny Rollins, in 1956, but while he usually gets' composer credit, Rollins always said that he learned it from his mother. The song was well known as a nursery song called "Fire Down There" in her native Virgin Islands, and the first jazz version of it was recorded under this title by pianist Randy Weston, in 1955.
The idea of playing this lively tune in drop-D tuning in a style reminiscent of Joseph Spence has suggested itself to many guitarists. John Miller seems to have been the first to record an arrangement along these lines, on his 1974 LP How About Me.