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Elton John performs "Levon" from his 1971 album "Madman Across the Water". Recorded live at BBC studios for the "Sounds For Saturday" television series.
November 11, 1971

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Levon on Wikipedia
Single by Elton John
from the album Madman Across the Water
ReleasedNovember 29, 1971
Formatvinyl record (7")
RecordedFebruary 27, 1971 at Trident Studios
Length6:12 (album version)
4:21 (special single edit)
LabelUni (US/Canada)
DJM Records
Writer(s)Elton John, Bernie Taupin
ProducerGus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology
For individuals known as King Levon, see King Leo (disambiguation).

"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. The "Alvin Tostig" mentioned in the song (Levon's father) is, according to Taupin, merely fictional.[3]

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)[4] and Billy Klippert.[5]


  1. ^ Free Music and Lyrics to the song Levon by Elton John - Rhapsody Online
  2. ^ Madman liner notes
  3. ^ Straight Dope Science Advisory Board, 24 March 2000. The Straight Dope Mailbag, "In the Elton John song 'Levon,' who is Alvin Tostig?". Accessed 15 July 2008.
  4. ^ Archive of the Bon Jovi Library
  5. ^ Discography at Billy Klippert's official site


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