She’s a Mod, originally recorded by English band, The Senators (featuring the drumming skills of John Bonham), was covered by New Zealand band Ray Columbus and the Invaders in 1964. It went on to become the first New Zealand song to become an international #1 hit.
why are we in the 60s?
Yes, I know this is a seventies music blog, but this week thenews down my end of the world is that one of our rock ‘n’ roll icons, Ray Columbus, is knocking on Heaven’s door, having been diagnosed with a terminal illness some time ago. It seemed fitting to pay some sort of tribute to him.
Ray has been a popular figure in the Kiwi music industry ever since rock ‘n’ roll first hit these shores. He’s received numerous awards throughout his career, and toured in concert with Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Herman’s Hermits, The Searchers, Del Shannon, Shirley Bassey, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Gene McDaniel’s, Ben E King, The Hollies, Robin Gibb, The Turtles, Eric Burdon and the Animals.
In 2002, he toured with the sell-out Long Way To The Top – the history of Australian Rock N Roll – show, which saw him perform to over 220,000 people in 20 arena concerts throughout Australia.. He later went into music management.
Ray Columbus and the Invaders played together for only two years, from 1964 to 1966. In that time they became the first New Zealand band to record an international #1 record with She’s a Mod topped the Australian charts.
It’s seems inevitable that Ray will be leaving us soon, and when he does, all New Zealand fans will be saddened – he truly is, one of our music greats.
she’s a mod fax
She’s a Mod was originally recorded by UK band, The Senators before being covered by Ray Columbus and the Invaders.
It was the first song by a Kiwi band to hit #1 internationally.
she’s a mod – ray columbus and the invaders – 1964
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