I never gave much thought to Dr. Teeth until I got him in my Muppets Series 2 Vinylmation. (Don’t disown me!) Actually now, I have two Dr. Teeth Vinyls (so if any of you need one, let me know!) which means it’s the perfect time to talk about this flashy character.
When I see Dr. Teeth, the keyboardist and lead singer of Electric Mayhem, I immediately think: ELTON JOHN.
But when I went to the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image a few weeks ago, I learned that the character was originally inspired by a different John: a New Orleans jazz musician named Dr. John. A beard, a big hat, and a keyboard player and lead singer.
Here’s some Dr. John in the flesh!
Here’s some Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem for your enjoyment:
Special bonus… Elton John on The Muppet Show