Old New Zealand

...Ray Columbus & the Invaders...

Jimmy Hill (drums) Dave Russell (guitar) Billy Kristian (bass) Wally Scott (guitar) Ray Columbus (vocals) Peter Ward (drums)

In 1964 Ray Columbus & the Invaders had a #1 hit on both sides of the Tasman with "She's a Mod", becoming the first kiwi act to achieve a #1 hit internationally. They also started their own dance craze, "The Mod's Nod" which is featured in the video for She's a Mod". In 1965 The Invaders toured Australia and New Zealand with The Rolling Stones on a bill that also inculded Roy Orbison. They played 52 dates.

After the Invaders disbanded Ray moved to California where he performed and recorded with the psychedelic rock band The Art Collection. Following his return to New Zealand he went on to have a successful career in television. Billy Kristian (a.k.a. Karaitiana) and Jimmy Hill went on to join Max Merritt and the Meteors in Australia. Kristian would later perform with the Keil Isles, The Jimmy Sloggett Band, Headband and Night. Dave Russell continued to work with Columbus, in 1970 he also joined Max Merritt's band. He would later also play with the Keil Isles and Headband.

The Single, "Till We Kissed" won the first Loxene Golden Disc Award in 1965. In 2009 Ray Columbus & the Invaders were presented with the Legacy Award at the NZ Music Awards and inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.



1963 Money Lover/So In Love - Zodiac Z45-1122
1963 Ku-Pow/Autumn Leaves - Zodiac Z45-1127
1964 I Wanna Be Your Man/Cat's Eyes - Zodiac Z45-1232
1964 She's a Mod/Yo Yo - Zodiac Z45-1164 #1 NZ #1 Aus
1964 On My Mind/Theme From "Dr. No" - Zodiac Z45-1153
1964 C'mon & Swim/We Can't Go Wrong - Zodiac Z45-1196
1964 Yo Yo/She's Gone - Zodiac Z45-1185
1964 (EP) She's A Mod/I Wanna Be Your Man/C'mon & Swim/Yo Yo
- Zodiac AZE 1
1965 All Through Pride/Tonight Is the Time - Zodiac Z45-1232
1965 Till We Kissed/She's Back Again - Zodiac Z45-1210
1965 Where Have You Been?/She's Back Again - Philips 40326
1965 The Cruel Sea/Spanish Holiday - Zodiac Z45-1198
1965 (EP) Now You Shake/Made You/Remember (Walking in the Sand)/Orbie Lee - Zodiac EPZ 130
1981 (EP) Til We Kissed/Autumn Leaves/If I Fell (live) - Epic ES 631


1963 Every Nite - Zodiac ZLP-1020
1965 Original Numbers - Zodiac ZLP-1025
1966 Till We Kissed (Greatest Hits) - Philips BL08765

More Video Links

She's a Mod - Live
Screentalk - Interview with Ray Columbus
Part One Part Two - Long Interview
The Beat Goes On - Ray Columbus talks about his new book, "The Modfather"
Breakfast - Ray Columbus talks about "The Modfather"
CTV - Ray Columbus Profile (Part 1)
Kiwi FM, Radio Whammo Show - 5/10/09

Audio Links

General Links

Wikipedia Audio Culture
NZ On Screen - Ray Columbus Biography
N.Z. Herald - The Ray Columbus Story
Wikipedia - Ray Columbus & the invaders
Stuff - Family flock to terminally ill Columbus
Bruce Sergent's Invaders page
NZ History.net - She's a Mod