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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Kiwi mod rock star Ray Columbus hospitalised in Auckland...
GRAHAME COX/Fairfax NZ
'COMFORTABLE': Singer Ray Columbus is in North Shore Hospital.
"Kiwi music icon Ray Columbus has been admitted to Auckland's North Shore Hospital
Columbus suffered a stroke three years ago that effectively ended his singing career, however it is not known why he is in hospital this time.
A spokeswoman for North Shore Hospital said Columbus was "comfortable".
The 69-year-old, who was awarded an OBE, hit the top of the charts in the 1960s with his band Ray Columbus and the Invaders.
He is best known for the hit She's a Mod, which was the first Kiwi song to go to number one on the Australian charts, but the singer also appeared on TV and was the manager of Christchurch pop band Zed
Over his career he has toured with international artists including Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. "
I remember Ray Columbus in the early 60's in Christchurch dancehalls and nightspots. He was a real Kiwi entertainer.