One of the earliest John/Taupin collaborations, the banshee-like Lady Samantha glides like a tiger in the night; although instilling fear in everyone who hears her cry, she is tragic rather than evil. Shades of "Lady Jay"/"Kitty Jay" perhaps?
On October 28, 1968, the song was performed with Caleb Quaye on guitar, in what was Elton's first ever live performance at the BBC.
Running to some 3 minutes 4 seconds, it was produced by Steve Brown and released January 17, 1969 backed by "All Across The Havens".
In 1972, it was re-released as the B Side of "Honky Cat" coupled with "It's Me That You Need".
Three Dog Night covered this in 1969 on their album Suitable for Framing.
Suggestion credit: Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above