Bobby Massey is a founding member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees the O’Jays. The O’Jays’ story began in the late Fifties when Eddie Levert and Walter Williams began singing gospel on a radio station in their hometown of Canton, Ohio. Joined by fellow high-schoolers William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles, they became the Triumphs, an R&B vocal group, in 1959. Their popularity as a live act got them signed to Syd Nathan’s King label, where they released a pair of singles as the Mascots.
They were then taken under the wing of Cleveland disc jockey Eddie O’Jay and renamed the O’Jays – a name that stuck. The O’Jays spent much of the Sixties on the Imperial and Bell labels, enjoying chart success on the R&B side with such hits as “Stand in For Love” (#12) and “I’ll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)” (#8). The group’s fortunes took a leap when they met producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff backstage at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in 1968. The O’Jays signed to the duo’s fledgling Neptune label, for which they recorded seven singles, including the R&B hit “One Night Affair” (#15).
Massey left the group in 1971, shortly before the group signed to Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International label. He has since retired from performing and has established several recording companies to promote and nurture the talents of young artists. Bobby designed the “Back 2 Basics” program to help our children develop into responsible, well mannered, successful adults. Massey is also the President / CEO of Mass Network, a business development and consulting company whose goals are to make resources available to small, minority business organizations in order to realize maximum growth potential. Because of his many successes, Bobby is dedicated to giving back to his community and the world at large.
Bobby Massey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.