On this day in music history: April 24, 1982 - “If It Ain’t One Thing… It’s Another” by Richard “Dimples” Fields hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also peaking at #47 on the Hot 100 on May 15, 1982. Written and produced by Richard “Dimples” Fields and Belinda Wilson, it is the biggest hit for the San Francisco, CA born and raised R&B singer. Fields originally co-writes and record the song in 1975, released on his own small independent label Dat Richfield Kat (DRK) Records. After signing with Neil Bogart’s Boardwalk Records in 1981 and having R&B chart success with the album “Dimples” and its hit single “She’s Got Papers On Me”, he re-records “If It Ain’t One Thing… It’s Another” for the follow up album “Mr. Look So Good!” released in early 1982. The seven minute long song (edited for single release) about personal trials and tribulations capped off with the singer quoting from the bible becomes a huge hit on black radio. “If It Ain’t One Thing… It’s Another” is later quoted as a hook in Snoop Dogg’s 1994 single “Doggy Dogg World”. Fields records another album for Boardwalk titled “Give Everybody Some!” in late 1982 before the label folds the following year. He signs with RCA (later Columbia)shortly after where he scores his last sizable R&B hits with “Your Wife Is Cheatin’ On Us” (#32 R&B) in 1984, and a cover of Aaron Neville’s classic “Tell It Like It Is” (#22 R&B) in 1987. Subsequent albums for Columbia and Bellmark Records fails to make an impact. Richard “Dimples” Fields passes away from a stroke at the age of 57 on January 12, 2000.
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