Exclusive: Dalton Pompey's Father's Electric Circus Past Revealed

A couple of days ago, CBC Toronto news anchor Dwight Drummond dropped by for a chat. Dwight started at City TV and worked on Electric Circus as a security guard. He mentioned the cowboy hat wearing dancer.

Immediately, I remembered a story Maestro Fresh-Wes told me about this cowboy hat wearing dancer on Electric Circus back in the day. Maestro referred to him as "Soul Train meets Dukes of Hazzard". This guy was so notable a commenter referenced him in this comment left here back in 2011.

I'm more curious as to where the cowboy hat wearing guy that used to "dance" on Electric Circus every week is now. He could really hold that cheap cowboy hat and bust-a-move!

Dwight shared a bizarre legend he'd heard that this cowboy hat wearing Electric Circus dancer was Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey's father. That sounded too good to be true, but I was curious. So I asked Dalton.

Confirmed! The legend is true! Dalton Pompey's father, Ken Pompey, was a regular dancer on Electric Circus back in the day! Ken Pompey was the Cowboy!

Here's Ken Pompey dancing on EC.

Dalton's Dad

Here's Ken Pompey today.

Ken Pompey

You can see more of Cowboy Ken Pompey dancing on Electric Circus in this Retrontario clip.

Update:

Dalton Pompey's father, a.k.a. Kenrick "Cowboy" Pompey, famed Electric Circus dancer, released a house track in 1992 entitled "Summertime Summertime". It was distributed by Sony Music Canada and included a radio mix, a club mix and a smooth mix.

Deborah Cox is listed as a writer and, according to Dalton Pompey's mother, did the backup vocals. Here's the cover of the album and vinyl:

kenrick-cover

kenrick-pompey-cd

Here's the radio edit of K. Pompey's Summertime Summertime featuring Deborah Cox. If Dalton doesn't make this his walk up music, I've lost all hope in humanity.

Thank you to Brian McKechnie for getting me the MP3 and Steve Magyari for ripping it from his personal CD collection. Awesome!


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GUNTer

this is the best story i've read on torontomike.
i LOVED that cowboy dancer.

November 17, 2016 @ 8:35 AM

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@GUNTer

You're not going to love the update I added to the bottom. It seems I've ID'd the wrong EC dancer, but I'm still on the case!

November 17, 2016 @ 8:43 AM

Tdotter

Forget Edwin and Jose, this is the news we need to hear right now.

November 17, 2016 @ 8:57 AM

Al The Royal Pain

You need to have Mr. Pompey on your podcast! Maybe see if he can bring Dalton in for a 2-on-1 interview.

November 17, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

Daniel

This might be the best story ever

Being 13 when electric circus was popular we all wanted to go on the show and dance with this girls. it looked like an epic party

November 17, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

Sid_V

This is the type of story that puts Toronto Mike in the pantheon of great investigative reporters! Canadaland, eat your heart out!

November 17, 2016 @ 11:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I sat on the Bullard story because it wasn't fun... but this... this is my jam right here.

November 17, 2016 @ 11:53 AM

Retrontario

T.O. Mike with the fire exclusive 👏👏👏

November 17, 2016 @ 12:07 PM

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@Retrontario

Thanks to Dwight for putting the nugget in my head and you for helping me find the right pic.

All the pieces matter.

November 17, 2016 @ 1:40 PM

ig

Well done, great story. The music in the EC clip is Doug Lazy's "Let The Rhythm Pump", not Tony Scott. Wonder if the music was 'added' at a later time in history :).

November 17, 2016 @ 2:36 PM


James Edgar

Cool stuff Mike even if i would have been caught dead watching EC :)

November 17, 2016 @ 4:57 PM

GUNTer

OMG that tune brought back so many great memories. Seriously this is my favourite TM bit ever. So. Much. Fun. Back. Then. fucking hell - when did I get so old and attached to my couch!
wooooooooohooooooo

November 17, 2016 @ 5:39 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'll admit I watched my fair share of EC.

November 17, 2016 @ 6:07 PM

McNulty

Hahaha! That was my comment!

That's a fantastic piece of trivia.

November 17, 2016 @ 8:22 PM

McNulty

I also love that you just tweeted at Dalton and got an answer so quickly. Social media for the win!

November 17, 2016 @ 8:40 PM

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@McNulty

Yes, that was your comment!

Before Twitter, if I had a question for Dalton Pompey, I'd be SOL. It's pretty sweet I can actually ask him something and hear back minutes later.

What an age we live in.

November 17, 2016 @ 9:25 PM

the brother

Dude, Kendrick was on fire during the Monika Deol era! He used to tear up that stage in his tank tops....he ruled the joint on Saturday afternoons. When I bump into him at Erin Mills Town Centre I will certainly challenge him to a danceoff. Thanks for getting to the bottom of this story. Based on this fact alone, Dalton should start the season in LF. Piece!

November 18, 2016 @ 9:55 AM

GUNTer

this gets better everytime i re-fresh.

November 18, 2016 @ 3:44 PM

Anonymous

Dalton has to make that his walk-up music!!! OMG it's perfect!!

November 18, 2016 @ 4:50 PM

dale (Bolton)

This song should be Dalton's walk up song to home plate when batting during a game.

Great scoop Mike.

November 18, 2016 @ 5:27 PM

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I chatted with Dalton Pompey tonight. I suggested he make Summertime Summertime his walk up music and he says it's a great idea.

Let's hope this happens!

November 18, 2016 @ 6:59 PM

C Davies

I've known Kendrick for years, was living with him when he was on EC. We always kept in touch even saw him when he was living in Vancouver, then lost touch. What a flash back. Would love to c an old friend. CD

November 18, 2016 @ 11:33 PM

C Davies

I've known Kendrick for years, was living with him when he was on EC. We always kept in touch even saw him when he was living in Vancouver, then lost touch. What a flash back. Would love to c an old friend. CD

November 18, 2016 @ 11:33 PM

Andrea

Did Summertime Sunmertime get any decent radio air play? It sounds really familiar, but I'm not sure if I actually know it or if just it sounds like every other dance song that came out around the same time. Great work on this story btw, Mike. I really enjoyed it :)

November 19, 2016 @ 4:54 PM

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@Andrea

I'm told by my pal @1236 that Energy 108 played it back in the day.

November 19, 2016 @ 5:23 PM

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This picture of Kenrick "Cowboy" Pompey comes courtesy of his son, Dalton.

November 19, 2016 @ 10:28 PM

WARP 1

Kenrick and I danced at Richard night club in Mississauga, as well as on EC. I don't know which of us sweat more. WARP1

January 19, 2017 @ 7:45 PM

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