“Levon” is a song written and recorded by Sir Elton John with lyrics written by Bernie Taupin. It is from John’s fourth album Madman Across the Water and was recorded on February 27, 1971. The song reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics for “Levon”, was inspired by The Band’s co-founder, drummer, and singer Levon Helm to name the title character after him. The Band was apparently Elton John’s and Bernie Taupin’s favourite group in those days. The “Alvin Tostig” mentioned in the song (Levon’s father) is, according to Taupin, merely fictional. Elton John and his civil partner, David Furnish, named their son “Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John”. He was born on Christmas Day 2010.