John Rox

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The song I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas was written in 1950 by John Rox and became a nationwide hit in 1953 when ten-year-old Oklahoma native Gayla Peevey sang the song as a way to raise money for the Oklahoma City Zoo's first hippopotamus. In December of that year, the city received Matilda the hippo for Christmas.


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