Passings: New Zealand Rock Legend Ray Columbus (1942 - 2016)

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

New Zealand’s Ray Columbus has died at the age of 74.

Ray Columbus & The Invaders had a number 1 hit in 1964 in Australia and New Zealand with She’s A Mod.

Ray Columbus & The Invaders had a short history. The band formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1964 but by late 1965 it was all over.

In 1965 the band toured Australia and New Zealand as part of ‘Big Beat ‘65’ with The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison.

After the band broke up Columbus moved to the USA and formed the Newcastle Five which he renamed The Art Collection.

Ray Columbus & The Invaders were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2009.


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