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