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 ("The Island of Forgotten Lovers"), 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.
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|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-068854||10-in.||1/12/1942||Loretta||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-068884||10-in.||1/15/1942||Loretta||Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band. with male 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-073568||10-in.||3/13/1942||Johnny Doughboy found a rose in Ireland||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Clyde Rogers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-073831||10-in.||4/10/1942||Johnny Doughboy found a rose in Ireland||Barry Wood||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||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|
|Victor||BS-074790||10-in.||7/29/1942||Better not roll those blue, blue eyes||New Music [Shep Fields] ; Ralph Young||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-0487||10-in.||3/24/1947||Heartbreakin'||Page Cavanaugh Trio||Male vocal trio, with guitar, bass, and celeste||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1259||10-in.||7/11/1947||Serenade of the bells||Sammy Kaye ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1743||10-in.||10/15/1947||In a little book shop||Vaughn Monroe ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1790||10-in.||10/25/1947||Who were you kissing (when you kissed me last night)||Artie Dunn ; Three Suns||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-2039||10-in.||11/11/1947||I'm living a lie||Cathy Allen ; Louis Prima Orchestra||Female vocal solo, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-2130||10-in.||11/26/1947||Blue Hawaiian rose||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Clyde Rogers||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-2525||10-in.||11/26/1947||There's s music box in the moon||Artie Dunn ; Sun Maids ; Three Suns||Male vocal solo, with female vocal group and instrumental trio||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-3032||10-in.||12/27/1947||Completely yours||Vaughn Monroe ; Moon Maids ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with female vocal quartet and jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-3102||10-in.||12/30/1947||The legend of Tiabi||Vaughn Monroe ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D8VB-4060||10-in.||12/15/1948||The melancholy minstrel||Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with vocal group and instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Twomey, Kay," accessed September 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112499.
Twomey, Kay. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112499.
"Twomey, Kay." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 September 2023.
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