I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

From the Album Silly Songs
April 16, 2007 | Format: MP3

$0.89
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 16, 2007
  • Label: CRS Records
  • Copyright: 2001 CRS Records
  • Duration: 2:38 minutes
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  • ASIN: B002HK0JCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,366 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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Barbara Hatfield
This song is a family tradition and I love it dearly!!!
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I love this song and It makes me smile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on December 19, 2013
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"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" is one of my favorite novelty Christmas songs. As much as I love the old standards, sometimes the whimsical songs are a nice break. They may be intended for children, but let's admit it, grown-ups enjoy them too.

About the artist: Gayla Peevey Henderson, born in 1943, is a former singer and child star from Ponca City, Oklahoma. She is best known for her recording, under her maiden name Gayla Peevey, of "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." She recorded the song in 1953 when she was 10 years old. And it's been a hit Christmas song ever since.

The rest of the story: The Oklahoma City Zoo capitalized upon the popularity of the song with a fundraising campaign to "Buy a hippo for Gayla." The fund raised $3,000 (equivalent to $27,552.12 today), and a baby hippopotamus named Matilda was purchased and given to Peevey, which she then donated to the zoo. Matilda spent 45 years in the Oklahoma City Zoo, and then passed away in 1998 while being transferred to the Walt Disney World's Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Family man on March 24, 2011
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I heard this song and sang it to grade school kid going through the cafeteria line at lunch. They love it as much as I did. The download was seamless, the quality great, and the price was excellent. Thanks
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By david on March 16, 2014
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My wife asked me to find this song so like everything else I buy online, I ended up getting it here on Amazon. It is a catchy tune
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By Doreen Wood on March 5, 2014
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Great song. We needed a Christmas song for our Zumba Class and this one hit the spot. Brought back lots of memories.
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By Tom's Wife on February 16, 2014
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Such a silly little song that brings back fond memories of my Grandmother. Makes me smile every time I hear it.
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By Dianne Torrey on January 18, 2014
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This is the good old classic version of this song that you hear every year on the radio. If that's what you want, this is perfect. If you're looking for something fresh and new, look elsewhere. Old-fashioned and cute!
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By johnny k on January 11, 2014
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This is a great comical classic song for everyone. I believe it is the original version of the song. Enjoy
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By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2014
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This is a cute Christmas song that my wife enjoys. So I purchased it and she really liked being able to hear it on a daily basis during the couple of weeks before Christmas.
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