Wilson wants a hippo for Xmas
Thursday, December 3, 2009
– Gretchen Wilson is getting in the holiday spirit, with help from a hippo. Written by John Rox and originally recorded by 10-year-old Gayla Peevey in 1953, Wilson recorded I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
along with singing help from kids from her daughter's school.
"This is such a fun, silly song," said Wilson. "And having my daughter and her friends in the studio with me made it really special."
Wilson debuted the song at Charlie Daniels' sold-out Christmas for Kids concert on Nov. 23 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and it shipped to radio today.
According to Wikipedia, Peevey was a regional child star of the Oklahoma City area. When released nationally by Columbia Records, the song became a hit. In a 2007 radio interview, Peevey clarified that the song was not originally recorded as a fundraiser. Instead, a local promoter had picked up on the popularity of the song and Peevey's local roots and launched a campaign to present her with an actual hippopotamus on Christmas. The campaign succeeded, and she was presented with an actual hippopotamus, which she donated to the city zoo. The hippopotamus lived for nearly 50 years.
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