Per this article the Los Angeles Times, the city of San Francisco may or may not attempt to simultaneously belt out a rendition of Tony Bennett’s “San Francisco” – the city’s official song – at noon today, a sort of citywide flash mob to honor the 50th anniversary of Bennet singing the song for the first time at the Fairmont Hotel. Maybe more interestingly, the article notes in a parenthetical that our fair City of Angels doesn’t have an official song (though oddly enough, LAX has one). Which of course prompts at least one Angeleno to wonder: what would be our official song?
Way back when, we did a nifty series called “Songs About Los Angeles,” any of which would be worthy contenders. Randy Newman’s “I Love LA” seems to be the obvious choice, though there are others: “Los Angeles” by X was the most popular song in our series, according to Franklin Avenue’s post-series poll. Or, how about “Pico And Sepulveda” by Felix Figueroa And His Orchestra? “Straight Outta Compton” by NWA? Others? Votes?