Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Gayla Peevey (born March 8, 1943) is a former singer and child star from Ponca City, Oklahoma. She is best known for her recording of "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" (Columbia 4-40106, 1953). Peevey recorded the novelty song when she was 10 years old. In 1959, she had a minor hit with the song Robot Man, recorded under the name Jamie Horton. The song was covered by Connie Francis. Peevey graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Education degree. She eventually left teaching and owned her own advertising firm for 15 years. She is married to Cliff Henderson. They have a daughter, Sydney Forest, and three grandchildren.