John's flashy onstage persona partly inspired Dr. Teeth's groovy look. Michael Frith's original sketch for Dr. Teeth has the heading "Leon 'Doctor' Eltonjohn Dontshoot (the Piano Player)."
In his book Before You Leap, Kermit says his mother booked Elton John into the local theatre, the Bayou Bijou. While there she introduced John to the crocodile that inspired "Crocodile Rock."
When asked about their musical influences during an interview to promote The Muppets, Dr. Teeth said, "Personally speakin' I gotta shout out to the great Dr. John, as well as the inestimable Elton John and the inextinguishable Liberace."
He was mentioned in Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!.