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