You've got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive,
E-lim-my-nate the negative,
Latch on to the affirmative,
Don't mess with Mister In-be-tween.*
Back in 1942, Johnny Mercer, the author of these mortal lines, had learned to accentuate his positive talents as a songwriter and singer. He had fame and some fortune. So Glenn Wallichs, whose music store in Hollywood was one of California's largest, thought that Mercer should also accentuate his business side. As Wallichs was having trouble getting records to sell, why not have Mercer make some for him? Mercer liked the idea but doubted...