Gayla Peevey is a former singer and child star known for her hit song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” She was born on March 8, 1943, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Peevey first gained fame at the age of 10 when she recorded the song in 1953. The song became an instant success and remains popular during the holiday season to this day.

Following the success of “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” Peevey continued to record music and perform in various venues. She recorded several more songs, such as “Are My Ears on Straight?” and “Johnny’s Got a Yo-Yo,” but none achieved the same level of success as her Christmas hit.

After her short-lived singing career, Gayla Peevey pursued other interests and eventually became a veterinarian. Today, she resides in Oklahoma City, where she runs a veterinary practice.

Although she no longer actively performs, Gayla Peevey’s iconic holiday song continues to bring joy to listeners worldwide, making her a beloved figure in popular Christmas music.

Backing Tracks – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

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