Ray Columbus: Gray Bartlett reflects on his friend's life and legacy video

Gray Bartlett says Ray Columbus was and still is....a true icon of New Zealand music
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Gray Bartlett says Ray Columbus was and still is....a true icon of New Zealand music

OPINION: Ray Columbus has left the stage...but his impact and legacy remains with us.

His enthusiasm, wit, creativity and business acumen in the music world has had a major impact on New Zealand musicians and artists, now, and in the future.

His work in recordings, TV, performance, writing and touring was always of the highest standard.

Gray Bartlett says the stage and touring efforts of Ray Columbus and the Invaders set a benchmark for others to follow.
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Gray Bartlett says the stage and touring efforts of Ray Columbus and the Invaders set a benchmark for others to follow.

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I will always remember the great stage and touring efforts of Ray Columbus and the Invaders...and they set the benchmark for other popular groups to follow.

My time as managing director  on That's Country with Ray as MC, displayed his great ability as a host and MC.

That's Country - 20 March 1982

On tour with Tom Jones and Herman's Hermits, as special guest artists in 1966, was the first time I had worked with Ray. He was a true star, and great fun to tour with.

My memories of Ray will last for as long as I live: he was, and still is, a true icon of New Zealand music.

Gray Bartlett MBE is an international guitarist and music promoter.

 

 

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