Ray Columbus & the Invaders
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Ray Columbus & the Invaders were a rock group from Christchurch, New Zealand that was active from 1964 to 1966, fronted by the lead vocalist, Ray Columbus, a musician, television host and manager. Part of the new surf music craze, they were the first New Zealand band to have a number 1 in another country, Australia, with their cover of The Senators' song "She's a Mod".
Ray Columbus & the Invaders
|Origin||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Past members||Ray Columbus|
Dave Russell (guitar)
Wally Scott (guitar)
Peter Ward (drums)
Puni Solomon (bass guitar)
Billy Kristian (bass guitar)
Jimmy Hill (drums)
Influenced by the early 1960s work of Cliff Richard and The Beatles, Ray Columbus & the Invaders had a #1 hit in Australia  and New Zealand with "She's a Mod" in 1964, a cover version of a song by The Senators. Ray Columbus and the Invaders were included in a package tour "Big Beat '65" with Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones and The Newbeats that toured New Zealand and Australia. During the tour, the Invaders performed as Orbison's backing band as well as performing as Ray Columbus and the Invaders.
They had several more hits in New Zealand before disbanding in late 1965. Leader Ray Columbus later moved to the US where he founded a California psychedelic band, Newcastle Five, which he renamed as The Art Collection. As a band, Ray Columbus and The Art Collection released four singles for the Colstar label, including the psychedelic rocker "Kick It", before The Art Collection split with Columbus. During his time in California (1966–68), Columbus was offered an audition with The Monkees but turned it down. He also turned down the chance to play with David Crosby or Gene Clark after these musicians left The Byrds. Columbus went on to become a band manager.
Columbus died in November 2016 after four years of ill health.
- Every Nite (1964)
- Original Numbers (1965)
- Till We Kissed: The Greatest Hits (1965)
- Anthology (1981)
- The Definitive Collection (2009)
- Now You Shake (1965)
|1964||"On My Mind"||-||-|
|"She's a Mod"||1||-|
|"I Wanna Be Your Man"||-||-|
|1965||"C'mon and Swim"||71||-|
|"Till We Kissed"||29||26|
|"Where Have You Been"||-||-|
|1966||"We Want a Beat"||-||-|
|1981||"She's a Mod (Reissue)"||-||2|
|1989||"Mod Rap / She's A Mod"||-||28|
- Kara, Scott (8 October 2009). "The Ray Columbus story". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "NZ pop pioneer Ray Columbus dies". Radionz.co.nz. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
- Steffen Hung. "Ray Columbus & The Invaders - She's A Mod". charts.nz. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
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