Richard "Dimples" Fields

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Richard "Dimples" Fields (March 21, 1942 - January 12, 2000)[1] was an American R&B and soul singer, popular during the 1980s.

Career[edit]

Sources differ as to whether he was born in New Orleans, Louisiana or San Francisco, California.[1] However, he began singing professionally in the latter city in the early 1970s, purchasing a San Francisco cabaret, the Cold Duck Music Lounge, where he headlined. He took his nickname, "Dimples", from a female admirer who remarked that he was always smiling.

He began recording for his own DRK label, before signing to Boardwalk Records in 1981. His first minor hit was a cover of The Penguins' "Earth Angel" that year. His first album for Boardwalk also featured the track "She's Got Papers On Me", the lament of a married man wanting his mistress, which was interrupted by his wife, played by Betty Wright, setting out her view of the situation.

Fields' breakthrough single came in 1982 with "If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another",[1] which reached number one for three weeks on the US Billboard R&B chart and number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] He had first recorded and released the song for DRK in 1975, in which he lamented not only the world's problems, but also those of his own life (from an ugly pregnant girlfriend to the need to read the Bible). Fields was persuaded to re-record and update it by an old friend, including it on his album, Mr. Look So Good!, before it was issued as a single. His only entry in the UK Singles Chart occurred in February 1982, when "I've Got to Learn to Say No", peaked at number 56.[3]

While Fields had moderate success on the US R&B chart, both under his name and his nickname, "Dimples", "If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another", was his only Billboard Hot 100 entry. His other big seller was "Your Wife Is Cheating On Us".[1]

He had several less successful follow-ups before Boardwalk Records folded in 1983. He then signed with RCA Records, but was dropped after several unsuccessful singles and albums. Renamed simply "Dimples", he continued to record for the Columbia and Life record labels. He also worked as a record producer with 9.9, Pat Benatar and The Ohio Players among others.[1]

Fields died in Novato, California, in January 2000, at the age of 57, as the result of a stroke.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed April 2011
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 201. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 199. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
Preceded by
"That Girl" by Stevie Wonder
"If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another"
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single

April 24 - May 8, 1982
Succeeded by
"It's Gonna Take a Miracle" by Deniece Williams