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Jamie Horton

Jamie Horton

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About

Status: Inactive
Origin: Ponca City, Oklahoma
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Genre: Pop
Years Active: 1953-1962
Labels: ColumbiaJoy
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Associated Acts: Gayla Peevey
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Jamie Horton was a solo artist who initially recorded under her given name, Gayla Peevey, and was based originally based out of Ponca City, Oklahoma.

1953—1958: Gayla Peevey & I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas[edit]

Peevey was a child star, who was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma, when she was five. In 1953, she released her most famous single, "I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas".

In October 1953 Peevey performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show in an episode that would air on November 15, 1953.

When released nationally by Columbia Records the song shot to the top of the charts. The Oklahoma City Zoo capitalized upon the popularity of with a fundraising campaign to "buy a hippo for Gayla". The fund raised $3,000 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 until 1998, when she and died at age 47 from a heart attack while being transferred to the Walt Disney World's Disney's Animal Kingdom, in Orlando, Florida.

1959—1963: Jamie Horton[edit]

In 1960, under her stage name Jamie Horton, she had a minor hit with the song "Robot Man", a Connie Francis cover.

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Singles: 18
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