Kay Twomey

Kathleen G. "Kay" Twomey (April 27, 1914 in Boston, Massachusetts - September 26, 1995 in Wellesley, Massachusetts) was an American songwriter and music arranger. Twomey co-wrote Serenade of the Bells, which reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on November 7, 1947 and lasted 16 weeks on the chart, peaking at #3, and in a separate recording reached the Billboard's Best Seller chart on December 26, 1947 at #13.

She also co-wrote Wooden Heart, best known for its use in the 1960 Elvis Presley film G.I. Blues. A cover version by Joe Dowell made it to number one in the US charts at the end of August 1961. Dowell's version also spent three weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart.

Other songs by Twomey include the 1961 Elvis Presley single Put the Blame on Me, Lend Me Your Comb and In the Beginning, as well as songs recorded by Jo Stafford, Doris Day, Carl Smith, Don Cornell, Jill Corey, Eddy Arnold, Eartha Kitt, Caterina Valente, Guy Mitchell, Johnnie Ray, Brian Hyland, Gus Backus, Ray Ellis, Perry Como, Hayley Mills, Earl Grant, The Sandpipers, the Eli Radish Band, Frank Sinatra ("Hey! Jealous Lover"), The Statler Brothers, Leroy Van Dyke, Lucille Starr, Girl Trouble, The Beatles, Daniel O'Donnell, Barbara Lynn, David Houston and the Nat King Cole Trio.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 27th, 1914 (Boston), Died September 26th, 1995 (Wellesley)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-055491 10-in. 3/26/1941 Sing a song of spring Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Eddie Stone Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-063831 10-in. 4/29/1941 Consider yourself kissed Bob Carroll ; Charlie Barnet Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-064065 10-in. 4/11/1941 Where's the captain's hat? Art Kassel Trio ; Marion Holmes ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo, male vocal trio, and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-066434 10-in. 6/30/1941 Two pair of shoes Mildred Law ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-071848 10-in. 2/13/1942 Loretta Carl Denny ; Hal McIntyre Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-074307 10-in. 4/7/1942 Johnny Doughboy found a rose in Ireland Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Twomey, Kay," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112499.

Twomey, Kay. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112499.

"Twomey, Kay." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112499


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