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Hippo Christmas song and Brenda Lee

December 10, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Going to start off by saying, Gangnam style song has NOTHING on these two songs I’m going to talk about!

My last music related blog was about Guns N Roses, so I thought it’s time to do another music blog.  There are couple of songs that’s been humming in my brain for some time now, its the holidays, and you can say these are couple of my favorite things :)

I’ve been listening to lots of Christmas tunes lately and there is one song that’s an absolute smash hit with my two little boys. Song is called ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas’. It makes me laugh just reading the title. Every time this song plays on the radio, we all sing along to it and we also add our own little twist to it.

My version: replace all the “I” with “My naughty boys” and replace all “hippopotamus” with “lump of coal”

My boys’ version: replace all hippopotamus with any Thomas&friends stuff, T-rex, Rhinoceros, Ninjago, etc…

Just how powerful is this holiday song? My boys could, once again, easily destroy another one of my electronic gadgets in an accident, but if the song comes on, I can’t help but to smile and sing the coal version of the song!

Some people think the hippo song was sung by Shirley Temple, or that it was sung by a much older person pretending to be a kid.  The truth is, the song was recorded on the set of Ed Sullivan show in 1953 by an amazing 10yr old talent named Gayla Peevey. Check out the video and tell me you are not impressed by her spunk, & talent. Love the song and love the video.

Now that brings us to “Sweet Nothings” by Brenda Lee. I know I’m probably sounding like a senior citizen raving about all these golden oldies, but when quality is involved, there is no age gap! Brenda Lee is one of my all time favorite artists and this is my favorite song from her. It’s hard to go back to listening to the modern stuff after listening to this type of music. I love her voice and her stage presentation. Wish I could have seen this performance live…so simple…so mellow.

How about you folks? Care to share some of your favorite things? :)

Categories: children, family, humor, music
  1. peace
    December 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    love brenda’s strong voice

  2. December 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Lovely to see the ‘simplicity’ of the two performances…. Does the heart good…! :)

    • December 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      makes me laugh reminiscing about the good ol’ days, because I wasn’t even around during that period. But man, I bet it was great.

  3. December 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I confess to having never heard either song before. I really like the hippo song but I can see why people think it is being sung by a much older person, the young lady’s voice is very mature sounding for a 10 year old. At the risk of dating myself…the one thing I really like about both of these video’s is the fashion…I liked when girls clothes looked like girl’s clothes.:)

    • December 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

      well, I hope you enjoyed them both :)
      I am in 100% agreement on their clothings. It makes me want to open doors for them and lay down my suit jacket on a puddle of mud for them.lol. Thats the best way for me to describe their dresses.
      LOL @ your ‘risk of dating myself’. I’m sure there are plenty of well qualified men that appreciate things like this. Who knows, maybe its a good way to filter out all the bad ones.lol

      • December 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        There is simply nothing better than being treated like a lady…nothing better in the world…thanks for the validation Chris :)

        • December 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

          You are definitely old fashioned :) A friend of mine got accused of being a stalker when he tried to help out a woman that was struggling on a kayak. Its a risky world out there when you are trying to be a gentleman :(

  4. December 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This is one of our FAVORITE Christmas songs!! Ever since my daughter heard this about four years ago, I’ve gotten her some kind of hippo for Christmas….earrings, stuffed animal, ornament…it’s become a family tradition. Thanks for posting the video :-)

    • December 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      lol, that is so cute. I also got a hippo plushie for my youngest about a year ago, and their picture together is to die for.lol. The hippo had these little black string feature around the nose, but my kids yanked it and elongated it. It now looks like the hippo has a fu-man-chu going on.lol Thanks for sharing your family tradition and Merry Christmas.hohoho

  5. bang
    December 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    that last chick is hot!

    • December 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      mmmmkay. I think she is almost 70 or so now.

  6. December 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I wonder what happens to those childhood singing sensations… and it’s a very cute song. I love the oldies, too (and even older “oldies” than Brenda Lee – go back a century or so…). My MP3 player is a schizophrenic mix of everything from barbershop quartets to death metal.

    Thanks for the blast from the past… and good luck with the hippo. :-)

    • December 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      I guess I am little curious what happened to all those childhood stars, too. Maybe thats what I’ll do for rest of my day at work. Sounds like your mp3 player can be substituded with mine, and I won’t even notice the difference.lol.
      Good luck with the hippo? heck, my rugrats are getting the special north pole edition lump of coal in their socks!

  7. December 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I loved both songs. Thank you for finding them….I’d also love to know what happened to that sweet girl….

    • December 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      a person that appreciate both songs has got to be a wonderful person :) I’ll start following just on that reason alone.lol
      I am planning on checking out some of their bios and see what happened to them. I hope the then little girl is having a wonderful life right now. It would be so wrong if things didn’t turn out right for her.

      • December 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        …as happens so often happens in Hollywood…fingers crossed…

        • December 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

          Turns out she has a wonderful life. Married to one man, has one daughter, and 3 grandkids. Somehow that makes me feel pretty good :)
          it does seem like modern child stars end up for the worse than much earlier child stars.

          • December 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm

            Sad, isn’t it….they seem to lose their childhood in Hollywood. I’m glad she survived.

  8. December 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Love them both!!! I post “hippo” on my fb page on Sunday after seeing purple light-up Christmas hippo on display at Sears. Really made me LOL! Being an Okie, I love that Gayla Peavey is from OKC, OK. Love the post. :)

    • December 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Well, thanks for sharing your hippo story.lol. I know exactly which Christmas hippo you are talking about.lol. Hippo is a pretty fun character. I would say its funnier than a chicken or a cow Probably on the same level as a penguin, though.
      Thanks for stopping by, say hi to your sister for me!

  9. December 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I met Brenda Lee. Many times, in fact. She would perform at the casino I was the publicist for. A delightful, pleasant person and a lady with many stories to share. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • December 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      GET OUT!!! you might be the biggest celebrity I’ve ever had on this blog! You CAN’T just stop there with that teaser, you gotta share some of her stories. I really am a huge fan of her. What is she up to? does she still sound good? what was her favorite song? this is just so cool. PLEEESE comment back.

      • December 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        Chris — she was a wonder when I worked with her. Lively. A consummate performer. The media mostly asked her on her many visits to recount how she was discovered at such a young age. It was her big, big voice for one so petite. No one could miss it. She was always on time, always professional and always with smile.

        • December 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

          oh man, that is really wonerful and exactly how I envisoned her:) Her big voice with such style is what got me hooked on her music. Thanks a bunch for stopping by here to share your memory of her. I gotta hit the video play button now to embrace the full affect of your comment :) And you gotta let me know if you ever blog about Brenda Lee in the future. Actually, I better start following you incase you forget about me.lol

  10. December 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    enjoyed the videos. thanks for sharing.

    • December 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Hey, thanks for stopping by. You are officially the first blogger to stop by here, with the most interesting headshot.lol.

  11. December 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Chris, thanks for sharing these oldies! Love the hippopotamus song. Thanks also for stopping by Travel Oops! Steph

    • December 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      its the least I can do for sharing of your great photos and descriptions :)

  12. December 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I really love them… these two songs are amazing!

    • December 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Glad you like them :) Can you believe Brenda is belting out those notes in her little 4’9″ frame? just wow.

  13. August 5, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Good post however I was wanting to know if you could write
    a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Bless you!

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