Is there a way to transfer music I've purchased from my old Apple account to my new one?

Hi everyone,
Many moons ago, when the iPod came out I downloaded iTunes and setup an account using my then current e-mail address aka user ID for iTunes.  However, fast forward about 8 years later and that old e-mail address has long been forgotten.  I know the log in information but I haven't used the e-mail for communication purposes for about the last 3 years.  At the time I got myself a new e-mail address I just continued to download from the iTunes store using the same account with the old e-mail address because basically I was never really concerned with getting the receipts, weekly updates, etc. (I get enough e-mail as it is, lol). 
This past summer my husband bought me an iPhone and set it up for me using my new/current e-mail address, different from the one I had purchased 100's of iTunes songs with over the past 8 years or so.  It seems as though while I can authorize iTunes for both of the accounts, and share the music on different computers, I can only transfer the ones I've downloaded with my new username/e-mail address from iTunes to my iPhone?!  What do I do about all of the 100's of purchases I made with my other account, are they now worth nothing as far as getting them on my iPhone which I use as my iPod nowadays?!
I'm staring at my lucky bamboo as I type this because I get this feeling that I'm SOL .  I've tried "googling" my way to the answer but I haven't been able to find it.  And if it turns out I am, than shame on Apple.  It's ridiculous to presume that someone will keep the same e-mail address created as a kid which is typically a non-sense, flashy e-mail to adulthood when they tend to be a little more reserved and business friendly; there should be a way to transfer between user accounts if it's clear that that account and billing information is the same.
Any help is appreicated.
Thanks.

Zion,
This worked! ...about 50%, but I suppose that's better than nothing.  I went into iTunes on my old username and downloaded the 300+ songs to my library but then for some reason when I went to transfer them to my iPhone it would only transfer like 120 or so of them.  I'm not really sure why but I'll continue to work on it.  Thanks so much for the help.
FYI - if anyone else reads this bc they have the same problem.  If you choose to go this route and download previous purchases from your old account you cannot auto download any content on your new(er) apple ID for 90 days after the purchase download.  Just something to keep in mind, but for me, it was totally worth it.  I have no qualms about manually transferring the songs to my iPhone for the next 3 months if it meant getting the rights to transfer all my old songs to my iPhone.
Thanks again!

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