Main Line was a distributor for RCA and Whirlpool home appliances in NE Ohio and NW Pennsylvania. Main Line also operated a record distribution business (sorry, all the old stock is long gone) for RCA records - but like must record distributors in the 1960s, they handled other labels including MGM and United Artists. In 1967 they decided to get into the record business, for all of 7 releases. Main Line records was run by Eugene V. Shipley, a Main Line corporate VP. He hired Jerry Sharrell, who had been in the Four Seasons from Pittsburgh, as the label's A&R man. The label was hoping the RCA connection could get them national distribution - we don't know how well that worked but they managed to get the Selective Service 45 released in Canada. The first Main Line record was by the Classels (or Les Classels) from Ontario, Canada. The Classels played a week at Otto's Grotto and the label signed them up for a 45.
The label made one LP, by Cleveland Browns superstar Jim Brown. The record includes speeches and commentary by the local legend.
|1262||the Classels||Tomorrow May Be Too Late / Love Is|
|1363||the Selective Service||Shake / Green Onions||c. 4/67|
|1364||Symon Grace and the Tuesday Blues||You Won't Get Me Workin' / Out Of Sight|
|1365||Jerry Sharrell (B-side with the Mark III)||It'll Never Happen Again / Think Twice, Be Nice||8/67|
|1366||the Dantes||Connection / Satisfied|
|1367||Bob Collins and the Fabulous Five||My One and Only Man / Inventory on Heartaches|
|(LP)101||Jim Brown||Tells Ir Like It Is||1967|
Classels were from Ontario, Canada. Symon Grace was from Erie, PA. Bob Collins was from North Carolina.