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Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive

Album This song officially appears on the Kisses On the Bottom Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” is a popular song. The music was written by Harold Arlen and the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, and it was published in 1944. It is sung in the style of a sermon, and explains that accentuating the positive is key to happiness. In describing his inspiration for the lyric, Mercer told the Pop Chronicles radio documentary “I went to hear Father Divine and 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!'”

Mercer recorded the song, with The Pied Pipers and Paul Weston’s orchestra, on October 4, 1944, and it was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 180. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on January 4, 1945 and lasted 13 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 2.

Within a matter of weeks, several other recordings of the song were released by other well-known artists:

A few months later, another version was recorded by Johnny Green in the United Kingdom on April 6, 1945, and released by Parlophone Records as catalog number F-2069.

Connie Francis added the song in 1960 to her “Swinging Medley” (sometimes also referred to as “Gospel Medley”), where she combined it with three other songs: “Yes, indeed”, “Amen”, and “Lonesome Road”. Three versions of this medley were recorded on different occasions in 1960. The first recording was broadcast in a mock-live radio show of National Guard Radio early that year. The two other recordings were intended for release on Francis’s label MGM Records but remained unreleased until 1996 on Bear Family Records.

Ella Fitzgerald included this song on her 1961 double album “Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook” on Verve Records.

The song has twice been recorded by Perry Como: once on February 19, 1958 and 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 Germany by RCA as a single (catalog number 47-9243-A).

Aretha Franklin recorded it for The Electrifying Aretha Franklin album for Columbia Records in 1962, and it features in her many re-releases on that label. Soul great Sam Cooke recorded it for his Encore album.

Included by Susannah McCorkle on her 1993 From Bessie to Brazil album

The American rock band NRBQ made another version of this song.

The Vindictives, a Chicago punk band, released a version on their 1999 album Hypno-Punko.

John Boutte of New Orleans also released a version of this song.

The song has been used for many years as the theme for the television program Faithville, in a version by the Spitfire Band.

Having notably Positive lyrics with its entire focus on Positive and indeed getting rid of Negatives and Mr. In between, it has been identified as one of the early examples in pop music of Posi Music or Positive Music.

Cliff Richard recorded this song on his album Bold as Brass.

Billy Gorilly released a recording of the song as a single in January 2012. This version was used as the soundtrack for the animated children’s cartoon music video released in October 2012.

Paul McCartney covered it on his 2012 album, Kisses on the Bottom.

Jools Holland covered this on his 2012 album, The Golden Age Of Song with Rumer (musician) on vocals.

Last updated on February 22, 2014


You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything seemed so dark?

Man, they said "We gotta accentuate the positive "
"Eliminate the negative"
"Latch on to the affirmative"
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

~ SOLO ~

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale and Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything seemed so dark?

Man, they said "We'd better accentuate the positive "
"Eliminate the negative"
"And latch on to the affirmative"
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
Oh No! Um go, there babe, it's way too dark, for you
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

Officially appears on

Kisses On the Bottom

Official album • Released in 2012

2:32 • Studio version

Paul McCartney :
Tommy LiPuma :
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Robert Hurst :
John Pizzarelli :

Studio :
Avatar Studios, New York

Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

2:32 • Studio version


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:31 • Studio version

Live performances

“Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played

Live From Capitol Studios

Feb 09, 2012 • USA • Los Angeles • Capitol Records Building


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