Brighter Side Of Darkness was an R&B/soul vocal quartet that became famous during the early 1970s. They are best known for the imploring and mostly-spoken smash soul ballad, "Love Jones" (1972).
Formed in 1971 at Calumet High School on the South Side of Chicago, the lineup consisted of Ralph Eskridge, Randolph Murph, Larry Washington (July 9, 1953 - January 30, 2011), and 12-year-old lead singer, Darryl Lamont. They signed with 20th Century Records and, in late 1972, released their first single, "Love Jones," to great acclaim. The following year, in the wake of the title song's success, they recorded what would be their only album, "Love Jones."
"Love Jones" (1972) became a Top 5 hit on the R&B charts, made the Pop/Rock Top 20, and soon after went gold. Cheech & Chong had a Top 20 hit in 1973 with a spoof of this song, "Basketball Jones." Brighter Side Of Darkness had one other hit on the R&B charts in 1973 with "I Owe You Love" and recorded two more singles ("Because I Love You"/"Oh Baby" on Star-Vue and "He Made You Mine"/"Disco Ball" on Magic Touch) before disbanding around the late 1970s.
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