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Gayla Peevey

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Gayla Peevey

Gayla Peevey has been played on NTS in shows including Record Store Rotation: Flashback Records, featured first on 23 December 2014. Songs played include I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.

Gayla Peevey (born 1943) is perhaps best known for her song, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (Columbia, 1953). A child star from Oklahoma City, she was 10 years old when she recorded the novelty song written by John Rox in 1950.

The Oklahoma City Zoo capitalized upon the popularity of the song in 1953 through a fund raising campaign to "buy a hippo for Gayla" in order to bring a hippo to the zoo. (They…

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Gayla Peevey
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
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