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Holiday hit singer Gayla Peevey talks about fame and hippos

Filed by Nikole Robinson Carroll in Feature, Local News.
December 6, 2013

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Flip through the radio stations in your car or visit the mall this month and you’ll probably hear “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” a time or two.  The song was recorded in 1953 by then 10-year-old Oklahoman Gayla Peevey.  The song’s popularity helped raise enough money to adopt Matilda, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s first hippo.  I had a chat with Peevey for the 60th anniversary of the song’s release.  Hear the feature story or the full-length interview above.

Gayla was scheduled to lead a sing-along of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” via Skype at the Oklahoma City Zoo Saturday, December 7th; however, due to weather conditions, the event is cancelled.

To find out more about Gayla and hear some of her music, visit her website,

One Response to “Holiday hit singer Gayla Peevey talks about fame and hippos”

  1. Randy M. Wilson says:

    What an honor and privilege to do such a wonderful interview with Ms. Peevey in regard to what has become a Christmas Classic!

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