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Ray Columbus

Entertainer

Ray Columbus, OBE, began hosting television shows at the tender age of 19. After Columbus and the Invaders topped Australasian charts with 1964 single 'She's a Mod', Columbus spent time as a musician in America. The song was covered multiple times. He later returned to Aotearoa to resume a long career as recording artist, TV presenter and talent manager. Columbus passed away in late November 2016. 

We were a typical rock band. We believed in ourselves. I was out knocking on doors. And it worked. Timing is everything ... Ray Columbus, in The NZ Herald, 8 October 2009

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Interview

Ray Columbus: Creator of the Mod's Nod...

Interview, 2010

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50 Years of New Zealand Television

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 3 - Let Us Entertain You

2010, Subject - Television

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From the Archives: Five Decades (1960s) - Ray Columbus

2010, Subject - Television

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The Secret Life of John Rowles

2008, Subject - Television

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Chicken

1996, As: Funeral Guest - Film

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Showcase

1996 - 1998, Guest Judge - Television

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Sir Howard Morrison - Time of My Life

1995, Subject - Television

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Billy T James - A Celebration

1995, Subject - Television

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25 Years of Television - Part One

1985, Subject - Television

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Rip It Up - performed by Tom Sharplin

1985, Performer - Television

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Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band

1984, Sound Mix - Television

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The White Rabbit - performed by Peter Posa

1984, Presenter - Television

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That's Country - 20 March 1982

1982, Presenter - Television

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Royal Variety Performance Show 1981

1981, Performer - Television

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Rock Around the Clock

1981 - 1982, Subject - Television

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That's Country

1980 - 1984, Presenter - Television

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Good Day - The Music and Record Industry

1978, Subject - Television

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Opportunity Knocks

1975 - 1978, Talent Co-Ordinator - Television

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Opportunity Knocks - 1975 Final

1975, Talent Coordinator - Television

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Sing

1974 - 1975, Performer - Television

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Split Enz - New Faces

1973, Judge - Television

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A Girl to Watch Music By

1969, Presenter, Performer - Television

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A Girl to Watch Music By - Ray Columbus and Max Cryer

1969, Presenter - Television

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John Rowles, Ladies and Gentlemen

1969, Interviewer - Television

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Studio One

1968 - 1974, Subject - Television

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C'mon

1967 - 1969, Subject - Television

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'Till We Kissed

1965, Performer - Music video

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She's a Mod

1964, Performer - Music video