Holiday hit singer Gayla Peevey talks about fame and hippos
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, www.iwantahippopotamusforchristmas.net.