Gayla Peevey

Pop Singer

Birthday March 8, 1943

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace Oklahoma City, OK

Age 80 years old

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Former child star best known for her recording of the novelty song I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, which was recorded when she was ten years old.

Before Fame

After recording her holiday hit, she went on to graduate from San Diego State University.


A fundraising campaign raised $3,000 for her to purchase an actual hippopotamus named Matilda, which was donated by Peevey to a local zoo.

Family Life

She married Cliff Henderson. The couple has a daughter named Sydney Forest.

Associated With

She had one more minor hit, a cover of the Connie Francis song "Robot Man."