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Single by Elton John
from the album Madman Across the Water
B-side "Goodbye"
Released November 29, 1971
Format vinyl record (7")
Recorded February 27, 1971 at Trident Studios
Genre Rock
Length 6:12 (album version)
4:21 (special single edit)
Label Uni (US/Canada)
DJM Records
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology
"Tiny Dancer"

"Levon" is a song recorded by Elton John with music written by him and lyrics[1] written by Bernie Taupin. It is from John's fourth album Madman Across The Water and was recorded on February 27, 1971.[2]


Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics for "Levon," was inspired by The Band's co-founder, drummer, and singer Levon Helm to name the titular character after him. The Band was apparently Elton John's and Bernie Taupin's favorite group in those days.[3] The "Alvin Tostig" mentioned in the song (Levon's father) is, according to Taupin, merely fictional.[4]

Notable covers and performances

"Levon" has since been covered by several artists, including Taylor Hicks, Jon Bon Jovi (who covered the song on the tribute album Two Rooms and claims that Levon is his favorite song of all time and that he looks up to Elton John as his idol)[5] and Billy Klippert.[6]




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