Gayla Peevey

Gayla Peevey

Name Gayla Peevey
Profession Pop Singer
Date of Birth 1943-03-08
Place of Birth Oklahoma City, OK
Death Date
Birth Sign Pisces

About Gayla Peevey

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.

Early Life of Gayla Peevey

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.”