Leaves on this Family Tree

Monday, December 20, 2010

Time for Christmas Carols

I heard my #1,
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."

Sing Along With Paula


  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

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

  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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