Johnny Drummond (1980-1984) on One Life to Live
((Donald) Wayne Massey spent his early youth in a small rural town called Leona Valley in southern California until relocating to the San Fernando Valley in the summer of 1963 where he attended James Monroe High School. He and his brother Warren, were coached in the entertainment arts by their mother, Georgia Massey, who owned and operated a professional song and dance school, and who provided training for such well know artists as Connie Stevens, The Lettermen, Bobby Sherman, and The Osmonds, among many others in her long career. Encouraged by his mother while a senior in high school, Wayne (still Don), his brother, two cousins and a schoolmate, formed a group called "The Bompers" and released a 45rpm single called "Do The Bomp" on the Hanna-Barbera Records label, and also, under an alternate moniker "The Dukes", the two brothers and a cousin released another local hit record called "Surf Bird". However, Wayne had no aspirations towards a career in show business. His most recognized talent and self-chosen career path was baseball, which he pursued with great earnest and was duly rewarded by being drafted right out of high school as a pitcher by the Anaheim Angels. Shortly thereafter, a devastating car accident abruptly put an end to that opportunity. After many months in recovery, Wayne was called on a mission for his Mormon Church, and spent the next 2 1/2 years in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, and where he became fluent in the Spanish language. After returning home, he married briefly, became the father of a son (Judd), and earned a Masters Degree in business from Brigham Young University. He was subsequently working in the business world when, just for fun, he went on his very first audition and was unexpectedly cast in his first acting role as country/rock music superstar Johnny Drummond on the Soap Opera "One Life to Live" in October of 1979. During the early 80's, he also starred in a made for TV movie pilot called "Crossfire", and additionally appeared on various TV programs such as "Hee Haw", "The Dinah Shore Show", "Merv Griffin" , "Nashville Now", and hosted 100 episodes of "Nashville After Hours", a popular country music interview show on cable. Massey signed with Polydor Records and released his first record album "Wayne Massey: One Life To Live" in 1980. After leaving the soap opera "One Life to Live" in 1984, he pursued a country music singing and producing career for the next 8 years. He topped the charts with four hit duets along with country western singer Charly McClain under the Epic Records label, and under successive labels: Polydor, Epic and MCA, released 9 solo singles himself between 1980 and 1989, and was nominated as the Academy of Country Music "Best New Male Vocalist" for his 1983 single "Say You'll Stay". His 2nd and last solo album "Wayne Massey & Black Hawk" was released under the Mercury Records label in 1989. Wayne Massey successfully redirected his talents away from entertainment and back into the world of business in the early 1990's.moreless
Donald Wayne Massey
- Trivia & Quotes
Wayne was voted "Best Looking" by his High School Senior Class.