RAY COLUMBUS ON
Touring with the Rolling Stones: "They must have liked me too because when Brian [Jones] and Bill [Wyman] were thinking of leaving the Stones, they tell the press they're going to get Ray Columbus to replace Mick Jagger. I've still got the newspaper clipping."
Religion: "I definitely believe there is a greater power there, but as I get older and older I'm less and less religious. I believe the whole Christ thing is man-made, I think it's made by the Church, and it's all about power."
Why he never took drugs. "I knew from my addiction to cigarettes that I should never try any other kind of drug. I knew I wouldn't be able to stop taking it. I smoked 80 a day."
His OBE in 1974. "The governor-general said, 'This would be the most popular investiture of the day'."
Ray Columbus: The Modfather is published by Penguin, $42.