Bobby Nunn is an American R&B producer, songwriter and vocalist, best known for his Top 15 US Billboard R&B chart hit single, “She’s Just A Groupie.”
Nunn’s big opportunity came through his association with Rick James. Nunn played synthesizer on some of James’s early Motown recordings as a solo artist.
Bobby Nunn co-produced his 1982 debut album, Second to Nunn, with Winston Monseque. Nunn also wrote or co-wrote all but one of the tracks. The album was successful, hitting #14 on the R&B charts. The lead single, “She’s Just A Groupie”, hit #15 on Billboard′s R&B singles chart. The album also spawned a club favorite, “Hangin’ Out at the Mall,” which featured Tata Vega.
Nunn’s 1983 follow-up album, Private Party, despite some favorable reviews, failed to equal the success of his first release.
His single release, “Don’t Knock It (Until You Try It)”, peaked at #65 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1984.
The third album Fresh was never released..Motown refused to issue the projected Fresh
After leaving Motown, Nunn spent time working as a writer/producer for many artists and labels. Among them were “Long Distant Love” and “Welcome to the Club” for Philip Bailey’s Inside Out album. He also wrote the hit single “Thank You” for Bailey’s Grammy winning Triumph album.
In 1986 while recording in a Hollywood studio, Nunn was chatting with Bobby Brown, who was just going solo, about career moves. That night, Brown introduced him to Louil Silas jr of MCA Records. Nunn was looking for a new record deal for himself at the time. They all went to an empty studio and he played them some new songs he had just written. One song titled “Rocket 2U” had Bobby’s signature sound and blew everyone away. Later, he got a call from his old friend Phil Bailey who had just played “Rocket 2U” for Maurice White. Maurice wanted the song for Earth, Wind and Fire’s Touch the World album. They met at Maurice’s house and ironed out the details. Not long after, MCA Records called and wanted “Rocket 2u” for their hot young group The Jets. MCA also sweetened the deal offering Nunn full production of the song and a possible solo deal for himself. After many talks with Philip and Maurice and with Philip’s blessing, Bobby chose The Jets to do “Rocket 2U”. The single from the Jets platinum selling album, Magic, became a top 5 Pop and R&B hit. The group also received a Grammy nomination for the song in 1988. Bobby later said,” I knew I had something very special with that song. After I wrote it, to this day, I only made 5 copies of the demo. I think I still have two of them. As a freelance writer, that never happens”.
Bobby Nunn currently lives in Los Angeles and runs his own production company.