Don McNeill was a radio legend, host of The Breakfast Club, heard on WLS in Chicago and nationwide on the Blue Network (and later ABC) for over 35 years. At the height of his run on the show (and shortly after ending a brief TV simulcast), in 1956, McNeill teamed up with Archie Bleyer, founder and head of Cadence Records, for a one shot 45 of a song which had been sung on The Breakfast Club, "Make America Proud of You".
This record appeared on the label during a real hot streak, in between number one hits by The Chordettes and BIll Hayes (the year before) and Andy Williams and The Everly Brothers (the year after).
For the A-side, McNeill engaged what sounds like at least a hundred Chicago area young people, including lots of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the choruses from two North Shore high schools, Evanston and New Trier (the latter being the school I would attend, some twenty years later, at that school's West Campus). This assembled multitude made quite the boisterous recording.
For the flip side, McNeill and Bleyer again utilized the talents of the New Trier chorus, minus all of the other performers, however, for a much more sedate (and, to these ears, dull) performance of the material, complete with a recitation by McNeill which touches on, among other things, how even if you're not the smartest, fastest or otherwise bestest, you can still do your own personal best in everything you attempt, and in doing so, "make America proud of you".
Don McNeill, Evanston and New Trier High School Choruses, Chicago Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Archie Bleyer - Make America Proud of You (MP3) | New Trier High School Chorus, Conducted by Archie Bleyer, Narration by Don McNeill - Make America Proud of You (MP3) | Single A-Side Label (JPG) | Single B-Side Label (JPG)