LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 29 November 2009

LAX in Pop Culture

L.A. International Airport, a song written by Leanne Scott and first recorded by David Frizzell in 1970, was covered in 1971 by Susan Raye and this version reached #9 on the Billboard Country Singles chart (and #54 on the Hot 100 singles chart). The song was re-recorded with updated lyrics in 2003 by Shirley Myers for the 75th Anniversary of LAX. Susan Raye, who has been retired from the music industry since 1986, made a rare public appearance to sing her classic hit at a concert at the celebration and to be on hand when a proclamation was issued to make the song the official song of LAX.

Rapper The Game had a 2008 album titled LAX. LAX is referred to at the beginning of Party in the USA (2009) by Miley Cyrus. In addition, the terminology LAX is used repeatedly in television series, and movies with national recognition more so than perhaps any other airport abbreviation. In fact, on private LA Tours, I am often asked what the “X” stands for. LA once served as the designation for Los Angeles International Airport. But, with the rapid growth in the aviation industry, the designations expanded to three letters, and LA became LAX. The letter X does not otherwise have any specific meaning in this identifier.

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