Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Ray Columbus pays homage to the songwriter of the iconic Number 1 Australasian smash hit
Jack Argent, the song publisher of The Beatles in Australia, offered ‘She’s A Mod’ to Ray Columbus & The Invaders and the band made the song a national sensation. The song was a perfect fit for Columbus, who had made the ‘Mod’s Nod’ dance infamous in Australia as they sought to counter the ‘Surf’s Stomp’. The song quickly rose to Number 1 in New Zealand and Australia and reached the top 100 charts in the United States. Ray Columbus & The Invaders were the first New Zealand band to achieve this.
Penguin New Zealand is pleased to be releasing a tell-all biography, Ray Columbus: The Modfather – The Life and Times of a Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, in July 2011. Ray Columbus, with Margie Thomson, will really knock his ‘Mr Clean’ persona with a book that will tell Columbus’s real story for the first time.
Ray Columbus and Terry Beale remained friends throughout their careers and Columbus was deeply saddened by the news of his friends passing. Beale died March 15, 2011 and his memorial service was held March 29, 2011.