Main Line


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)101Jim BrownTells Ir Like It Is1967

Classels were from Ontario, Canada. Symon Grace was from Erie, PA. Bob Collins was from North Carolina.