Origin: Toronto, Ontario
Michael McKenna, previously with Luke & the Apostles and the Ugly Ducklings, formed McKenna Mendelson Mainline with Joe Mendelson (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica), Tony Nolasco (vocals, drums) and Frank Sheppard (vocals, bass, mandolin, harmonica). After "Stink" (1968) and "Canada, Our Home and Native Land" (1971), the band shortened their name to Mainline and broke up soon after. Two posthumous albums appeared in 1972-73: "The Mainline Bump and Grind Revue -- Live at the Victory Theatre" and "Biscuit Meets Mainline". Joe Mendelson's first solo album, Mr. Middle of the Road, appeared in 1972. Michael McKenna and Tony Nolasco later formed Diamondback. A reunion album with McKenna called "No Substitute" has also been released.