Brighter Side of Darkness was a short-lived American R&B/soul group. They were formed in 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. Their lead singer was 12-year-old Darryl Lamont; the other members were Ralph Eskridge, Randolph Murph and Larry Washington. They released the single "Love Jones" in December 1972. It was a hit in the US (Hot 100, #16; Hot Soul Singles, #3) and was certified gold by February 9, 1973 by the RIAA. They released an album, Love Jones, in 1973. Their second single, "I Owe You Love", was less successful, and the group disbanded in 1974. "Love Jones" was parodied as "Basketball Jones" by Cheech and Chong in 1973.