Ray Columbus - creator of the Mod's Nod

Posted on 21 September 2010

Rocker Ray Columbus, OBE, has been a headline act since 1961 when he appeared on Time Out for Talent at the age of 18. Since then, he has performed on or hosted 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 interview, 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.



music, presenter, host, talent show, she's a mod, band, rock


by TeMiha on 28 September 2010 at 7:29 pm

What a nice guy, such a hard worker, and still going hard!

by colleen on 13 February 2012 at 6:52 am

I danced on the first t.v. show Ray did back in the sixties. \nWe went to a very small studio in town Christchurch. I do remember the drum catching fire , the lights were too close to it ,bit of a panic, all o.k I was 16 then. \n \nThere were 4 couples chosen from the dance halls in Christchurch. We followed Ray and his Invaders to Spencer Street every Sat night, it's amazing going back all that time, as he says its a shame the vidioes are destroyed, We had a great time, just loved the band and the dancing, had to go to the neighbours to watch the show, did'nt have a tele back then. thanks for a great teenage time.

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