Oklahoma Music
7:40 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Oklahoman Holiday Hit Singer Gayla Peevey Talks About Fame and Hippos

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Credit Gayla Peevey

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.  KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll had a chat with Peevey for the 60th anniversary of the song’s release.

To find out more about Gayla and hear some of her music, visit her website, www.iwantahippopotamusforchristmas.net.

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