Levon (as made famous by Elton John)

“Levon” is a song written and recorded by Elton John, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It was recorded on February 27, 1971, and is from John’s fourth album Madman Across the Water.[1] The song reached number 24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number six on the Canadian RPM singles chart.[2]

According to Gus Dudgeon, Bernie Taupin was inspired by The Band’s co-founder, drummer and singer Levon Helm to name the song after him. The Band was apparently John and Taupin’s favourite group at the time. In 2013, however, Taupin said that the song is unrelated to Levon Helm.[3]

The “Alvin Tostig” mentioned in the song (Levon’s father) is, according to Taupin, merely fictional.[4]