Leaves on this Family Tree

Monday, December 20, 2010

Time for Christmas Carols

I heard my #1,
ALL TIME FAVORITE
Christmas Song
on the way home
this evening.




I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas is a Christmas novelty song written by John Rox (1902–1957)[1][2 and performed by Gayla Peevey (10 years old at the time) in 1953. The song peaked at number 24 on Billboard magazine's pop chart in December 1953.[8]
Peevey was a regional child star of the Oklahoma City area. When released nationally by Columbia Records, the song shot to the top of the charts and the city zoo acquired a baby hippo named Matilda.
A popular legend holds that this 1953 hit had been recorded as a fund-raiser to bring the city zoo a hippo; but in a 2007 radio interview with Detroit-based WNIC radio station, Peevey clarified that the song was not originally recorded as a fundraiser. Instead, a local promoter 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.

On the B-side of the record was my  2nd ALL TIME FAVORITE Christmas Song. I don't think I have heard it since I was a child.

So in honor of my childhood,
and many nights sitting in front of the TV
watching Lawrence Welk,
here's Janet Lennon singing
"Are My Ears On Straight."



Signed,
Sing Along With Paula


3 comments:

  1. Ohhh I too love the Hippopotomus song...there are many songs at Christmas time that bring back "fav" chio=ldhood memories and another is the chipmunk song... :) I like your blog and I will be back to viisit again. come visit with me, http://crochetoholic.blogspot.com
    Debb

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  2. LOL....that's great!! I'll have to show the grand babies these.

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  3. Oh my gosh.. I remember watching Lawrence Welk on Sunday nights at Grandma-n-Grandpa's house, and I remember the Lennon Sisters too; but I've NEVER heard a song where a dolly sings "Are My Ears On Straight" before!! SO CUTE!!!.. And I love that hippo song too!.. Makes me want to grab some yarn and crochet a cute little hippo right now! (0; Got lots of baking to do instead right now, but I loved the sing-alongs! ~tina

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