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Interview with Nokey Anderson (from B.O.F.)

Nokey Anderson, drummer of the B.O.F. band (Best Of Friends), co-produced the awesome 'I've Got your number', realized with the help of The Chi-Lites manager Marshall Thompson in a joint effort to financially support the 'Probation Challenge' program. Revenues made from sales of the record would be donated to fund education programs, with the purpose to give people a 'second chance' and prevent encarcelation. A noble and unselfish project by this band that didn't just seek stardom and fame. Read the interview with Nokey below.

Today I interview Nokey Anderson, member of the band B.O.F. Hello Nokey, how are you?

Nokey Anderson:

Hi Ed, I'm all good, thanks!

First of, congratulations for making such a marvelous song with B.O.F. What does B.O.F. stand for?

Nokey Anderson:

Thank you very much.. I am ecstatic that the song has surfaced on the net, and appreciate you for the compliment of the song. B.O.F stands for 'Best of Friends'.

Where are you guys from and how did you get together?

Nokey Anderson:

The Band is from Chicago. The band was actually put together by Dayrock (Derek Bass) We were all music majors in high school. Chicago vocational high (Now Chicago career academy) was where everything kicked off. Dayrock single handedly put together the cream of the crop from the music department and we all loved what we did: play music. Our parents supported us because it was what we loved to do and with the gang activity in Chicago @ that time it kept us focused. Dayrock put the band together for a performance at a church; we had like 20 people on stage. The nucleus of the band was so musically tight that we decided to keep it going. So we broke it down to the serious people and kept moving through out Chicago emerging as one of the top bands in the city. We rehearsed so much we spent countless nights @ each other's house.

Was 'I've Got Your Number' the first release by Best Of Friends?

Nokey Anderson:

No, our first release was a 45 single on the Dupar label called 'Funky Groove'.

'I've Got Your Number' is one of my favorite mid-tempo records and I was very lucky to find a copy. What is the story behind the song? Was it written especially for the 'Probation Challenge' program?

Nokey Anderson:

When the probation challenge program was brought to us we knew we had to give back to the community some kind of way. So our manager Joe Dupar put together the strategy for a young band to show the community we can do something to help. We actually had two songs submitted for the Program, 'I've got your number' & 'Stop wasting your time'. We performed I've got your number @ a probation challenge dinner and it got rave reviews from the audience. We recorded both songs and chose 'I've got your number.' The band was so self contained we wrote & produced all of our own songs and started Dupar Records. There is a video for the song shot by a college student we are looking for it right now.

Wow, I would love to see that video! How did Marshall Thompson get involved in this? Were you friends of the Chi-Lites?

Nokey Anderson:

In 1983 we were one of the bands in the artist for Harold Washington (Chicago's first Black Mayor) campaign during that time we were opening for the Chi-Lites and The Miller beer Sound Express concerts. In 1985 we were voted the #1 band in the Midwest by the Chicago NARAS chapter. Marshall Thompson watched us grow and became part manger with Joe Dupar. Marshall helped pick 'I've got your number' for the Probation Challenge program. Marshall showed us the recording process and helped arrange the vocals on 'I've got your number'. We continued to open for the Chi-lites for a while, each gaining a cross generation experience for each other's audiences respectively. We had a good relationship with them. I actually went to school with Eugene Record's kids.

What was your role in the project?

Nokey Anderson:

On the song I am the drummer. The entire band produced the song so I am part producer also (LOL).

Where and when was the song recorded?

Nokey Anderson:

The song was recorded in 1985 @ Remington Road Studios outside of Chicago. I think it was in Schaumberg Illinois. The session included me on drums, Derek 'Dayrock' on bass, Al Price - Keys, Bryant 'Peabo' Harris - Lead Vocalist, Duane 'Rude Boy? Jones - Guitar/Vocals, Greg 'General' Ray - Sax/Vocals, Bill 'Major' Love - Trombone/Vocals, Karl 'DOC' Lawson - Keys, Chip Dubose - Guitar, Willie 'Willie T' Torrence - Trumpet/Vocals. Rude Boy is not pictured on the cover but he was there.

Given the fact that this was sort of a private project, I can't imagine a lot of revenues have been made out of it, or was it part of some bigger project?

Nokey Anderson:

Some money was made but not enough to do any good for the band.

Do you have any idea how many copies were sold?

Nokey Anderson:

Uh...I think 500 records were pressed.

Was the record promoted outside the US as well?

Nokey Anderson:

No..since Dupar records was our own label we had no means of distribution, we did try to find a distribution deal but none surfaced so we hit the streets, did consignments and sent it out to the media & did request line campaigns. We did land a spotlight in Billboards note & noteworthy section which helped the song gain some US request and interest.

How was the record received by the public and did it get any exposure on the radio?

Nokey Anderson:

The song got good reviews & some college radio air play but not major radio.

Did B.O.F. record more songs?

Nokey Anderson:

Yeah...A new label called Chicago International Records saw us perform @ the 1986 Chicago Music Awards. We were nominated for the second time as best band. The label wanted to sign us The Chi-Lites, a Chicago group called Superior Movement and I think our friends Magnum Force ('Share My Love'). We recorded 'Just that kind of Man' & 'T.o.u.c.h. Me' with producer Jonny Britt. The label's first release was to be the Chi-lites. So the project was put on hold. Then the label folded. We owned the masters so we took them back to Dupar Records. Those are unreleased tracks we wanted to release.

I would really like to hear those tracks, maybe you can record them sometime and share them with the world. You told me you still have regular meetings with the other members of the band. It seems you really hold on to each other, something which can't be said for many of the bands from the past.

Nokey Anderson:

Yeah, it's our love for music & for each other. I now live in Atlanta so I would go to Chicago, we would have a cookout/ bar-b-que/ jam session @ Dayrock studio where our families & friends, musicians, rappers, singers, horns players and people who love us come to hear live music & eat some food. Man we play all night long...I cook on the grill & play drums during that event.

That sounds like a lot of fun! Do you still perform together at the clubs?

Nokey Anderson:

Yeah in some way or form we are asked to play together. We have a very tight & funky foundation. To this day we are still B.O.F. Our shows were full of dancing & singing with a very tight music foundation. Although we are together as the entity we were, we are all still active in the music industry.

B.O.F. paying close attention to Marshall Thompson (1985)

Who are your musical heroes and what do you listen to nowadays?

Nokey Anderson:

Heroes..Ok..In what I do..I have to have balance, As a drummer I love John Blackwell, Dennis chambers & Buddy Rich, As a producer Quincy Jones, Norman Whitfield & Terry & Jimmy Jam. As an artist: Prince, Ludacris, TI, Mary J. Blige, Li'l Wayne, Beyonce. As far as today I listen to anything that sounds good.

You have a production company, can you tell me more about that?

Nokey Anderson:

Track & Feel Music & Midnight Assassins Productions is a collaboration of myself & producer/songwriter/keyboardist 'P' Prentice Spry. Collectively we have done tracks for Usher, Donnell Jones, Donnie (All Laface artist) Ying Yang twins, Jamie Foxx, Colli-Park records & various Local Cable & Radio shows. We are putting together a team of songwriters & producers to make good music in popular genres. Our goal is to produce marketable music for the masses, for more info you can hit me @

What is your opinion on today's R&B music in comparison with the old school stuff?

Nokey Anderson:

Today only a few artists have the true heart Of R&B. I'm not talking about what the labels put out I'm talking about mediocre artist who are the flavor month. Today with technology a producer can make anything sound good in the studio but can that artist sound good outside the studio? With a good song do you remember the artist or song years later? Don't get me wrong old school had them too. The artist of today must remember 90% business 10% music. This is the Business of music. Hey a lot of talented artist don't have a recording deal. Who's the next R&B classic artist? Think about this what makes an artist a legend or musical genius or Mogul?

Thanks a lot for your time Nokey. Send greetings to the other B.O.F. members on my behalf, I hope you remain Best of Friends forever. Do you wish to say something to your fans?

Nokey Anderson:

I will do that. B.O.F thanks you very much and to those who love our music we want to say thank you for keeping us near you... You are not a fan but a friend, Nokey. Gone!

Nokey Anderson.

January, 2010

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