- Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
"Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" is a popular
song. The music was written by Harold Arlen, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The song was published in 1944. It is sung rather like a sermon, and explains that accentuating the positive is key to happiness. In fact, Mercer told the Pop Chroniclesthat his inspiration for the title came when "I went to hear Father Divineand he had a sermon and his subject was 'you got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.' And I said 'Wow, that's a colorful phrase!'" [http://www.sfradiomuseum.com/audio/ksfo/1972/Trib_Pop-Chronicles-Article-2_1972.pdf]
Mercer also recorded the song (with
The Pied Pipersand Paul Weston's orchestra), as well as the Artie ShawOrchestra and Bing Crosbywith The Andrews Sisters.
Johnny Mercerrecording was recorded on October 4, 1944, and released by Capitol Recordsas catalog number 180. The record first reached the Billboard magazinecharts on January 4, 1945and lasted 13 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2. cite book
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Bing Crosby/ Andrews Sistersrecording was recorded on December 8, 1944, and released by Decca Recordsas catalog number 23379. The record first reached the Billboard magazinecharts on January 25, 1945and lasted 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.
Artie Shawrecording was released by RCA Victor Recordsas catalog number 20-1612. The record first reached the Billboard magazinecharts on January 25, 1945and lasted 5 weeks on the chart, peaking at #5.
Another version was recorded by
Johnny Greenin the United Kingdomon April 6, 1945, and released by Parlophone Recordsas catalog number F-2069. Soul great Sam Cookerecorded it for his "Encore" album.
The song has twice been recorded by
Perry Como: once on February 19, 1958and later in July, 1980. Both were primarily made for albums. Neither version was released as a single in the United States, though the 1958 version was released in Germanyby RCA as a 45rpm single (catalog number 47-9243-A).
Aretha Franklin recorded it for Columbia Records in the early 1960s, and it keeps showing up in her many re-releases on that label.
The song has been used for many years as the theme for the program "Faithville", in a version by the Spitfire Band.
Appearance in film soundtracks
The song was covered by
Dr. Johnfor the 1992 movie " The Mighty Ducks".
The song features in the American police drama "L.A. Confidential", the 1999 movie "Blast from the Past" and the final episode of time-travel television series "Quantum Leap." It is also part of the soundtrack for "
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", where it is covered by Clint Eastwood.
It was also used in commercials for
Australian health insuranceprovider MBFin the early 2000s, and UK gas and electricity provider npower in 2008.
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