Lyricist Bernie Taupin, who has worked with Elton John since 1967, turns 71 today. He and Elton met when the two of them answered the same ad in New Music Express placed by Liberty Records. While neither passed the audition, Elton said he was looking for a lyricist and was given Bernie’s name and samples of his work. Bernie has also witten songs for Alice Cooper, Starship, and Heart. "Levon," with lyrics by Bernie, is from Elton’s 1971 album Madman Across The Water. It reached #24 in the US and #6 in Canada.