Singer and television presenter Ray Columbus, OBE, became a headline act in 1961 when he appeared on Time Out for Talent at the age of 18. He went on to perform on or host a huge range of music and light entertainment TV shows including: Club Columbus, C’Mon, Happen Inn, Personality Squares and That’s Country. With his band Ray Columbus and the Invaders, he had two number one hits with ‘She’s a Mod’ and ‘Till We Kissed’.
In this ScreenTalk, Columbus talks about:
- How all tapes of his early days on TV in Club Columbus were destroyed
- Being squeezed into the newsroom in Christchurch to tape the show
- Bringing a TV studio to a standstill by dancing the ‘Mod’s Nod’
- The excitement of appearing on C’Mon and working with Pete Sinclair
- Why lurid costumes and psychedelic lyrics led to changes on Happen Inn
- How a damning TV review led to the axing of My Name is Ray Columbus
- Fearing the reactions of fans to him hosting That’s Country
- Selling the show to the Nashville Network in America
- Being grateful for his TV career
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside