Record label Joy Records
|Years active 1953-1962|
Children Sydney Forest
Name Gayla Peevey
|Born March 8, 1943 (age 72)
Ponca City, Oklahoma, U.S. (1943-03-08) |
Labels Columbia, Joy Records (New York)
Education San Diego State University
Albums I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - EP
Similar People Jimmy Boyd, Sydney Forest, Ray Conniff, Frankie Laine, Rosemary Clooney
Gayla peevey got a cold in the node for christmas
Gayla Rienette Peevey (born March 8, 1943) is a former singer and child star from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma, in 1948. She is best known for her recording, under her maiden name Gayla Peevey, of "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" (Columbia 4-40106, 1953). Peevey recorded the novelty song when she was 10 years old.
- Gayla peevey got a cold in the node for christmas
- Gayla Peevey The Christmas Hippo Song
- In popular culture
In 1960, under the name Jamie Horton, she had a minor hit with the song "Robot Man", a Connie Francis cover.
Gayla Peevey - The Christmas Hippo Song
Peevey graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Education degree. She eventually left teaching and owned her own advertising firm for 15 years. She is married to Cliff Henderson. They have a daughter, Sydney Forest, and 3 grandchildren.
In popular culture
The Oklahoma City Zoo capitalized upon the popularity of "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas" with a fundraising campaign to "buy a hippo for Gayla". The fund raised $3,000 (equivalent to $27,552.12 present day), and a baby hippopotamus named Matilda was purchased and given to Peevey which she then donated to the zoo. The hippopotamus named Matilda spent 45 years in the Oklahoma City Zoo, and then died at age 47 from a heart attack in 1998 while being transferred to the Walt Disney World's Disney's Animal Kingdom, in Orlando, Florida.
Alternative-rock band Ween released a reworking of "Are My Ears On Straight" titled "I'm Dancing in the Show Tonight" on their 1997 album The Mollusk.
In addition to being a singer, Henderson is also a songwriter, penning several of her Joy Records (New York) singles, including My Little Marine, Just Say So, We're Through – We're Finished, When It Comes To Love, Yes, I'll Be Your Girl and Dear Jane.