Wayne Massey

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Wayne Massey
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Wayne Massey performing at Martin County Fair in Stuart, FL, March 9, 1989. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Moore.)
Background information
Birth name Donald Wayne Massey
Origin Glendale, California, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Epic, Mercury, Polydor, MCA, Hanna-Barbera Records
Associated acts Charly McClain

Donald Wayne Massey (born in Glendale, California[1]) is an American country music artist and actor. He is best known for playing the role of country/rock music superstar Johnny Drummond on the American daytime soap opera One Life to Live from 1980 to 1984.[1][2] Massey is also known for his musical collaboration with his wife, country music singer Charly McClain, with whom he charted four duets between 1985 and 1986. He released eleven singles of his own, but never reached the Top 40 alone.

Career[edit]

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Massey had been working in the business world when he was unexpectedly "discovered" and cast in his first acting role as Johnny Drummond on One Life to Live in 1980.[1][2] During this time, he also starred in a made-for-TV movie called Crossfire. Massey released his first record album Wayne Massey: One Life To Live in 1980. After leaving the soap opera One Life to Live in 1984,[1][2] he pursued a singing and producing career in country music for several years. He toured with country singer Charly McClain and topped the charts with four hit duets, the highest-ranking of which was "With Just One Look in Your Eyes" (1985), a number 5 single from McClain's Radio Heart album.[1] Two others — "You Are My Music, You Are My Song" and "When It's Down To Me And You" — were from the couple's 1986 duets album When Love Is Right.[1] He charted nine solo singles between 1980 and 1986, but none reached Top 40, although he was nominated as the Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist for his 1983 single "Say You'll Stay". His final singles "Shoot the Moon" and "Heaven in a Haystack" were released on Mercury Records in 1989, as was his solo album, Wayne Massey and Blackhawk. Massey left the recording industry in the 1990s.

Personal life[edit]

Massey was briefly married at age 22 (one son, Judd), and again later to his One Life to Live costar Andrea Evans from 1981 to 1983. He has been married to Charly McClain since July 1984.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak
positions
Label
US Country
1980 One Life to Live Polydor
1986 When Love Is Right (with Charly McClain) 29 Epic
1989 Wayne Massey and Black Hawk Mercury
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country US
[3]
1965 "Do the Bomp" (as The Bompers) N/A
1980 "One Life to Live" 92 One Life to Live
1981 "Diamonds and Teardrops" 82
"Love So Right"
1982 "Easin' on Back" N/A
"It Should Have Been Easy"
1983 "Lover in Disguise" 71
"Say You'll Stay" 57
"Spellbound"
1986 "Give It Back"
1989 "Shoot the Moon" 81 Wayne Massey and Black Hawk
"Heaven in a Haystack"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles with Charly McClain[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1985 "With Just One Look in Your Eyes" 5 9 Radio Heart
"You Are My Music, You Are My Song" 10 8
1986 "When It's Down to Me and You" 17 27 When Love Is Right
"When Love Is Right" 74 45

Awards[edit]

1983: Academy of Country Music - Top New Male Vocalist Nominee

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books. p. 216. 
  2. ^ a b c Waggett, Gerard J. (November 1997). "One Life to Live". The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. Harper Paperbacks. p. 182. ISBN 0-06-101157-6. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 575. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.