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Club Columbus  —  1960s NZBC TV Music Television programme (1961)


From the age of 14, Christchurch's Ray Columbus began putting together bands, and around 1960 he was offered the job as lead vocalist job for local danceband The Downbeats.  As the group's line-up changed, their sound edged closer and closer towards the dreaded Rock 'n' Roll, partly thanks to the influence of American Operation Deep Freeze Servicemen who were frequently in the audience.  Columbus debuted on Christchurch Television in 1961, performing solo on early light entertainment showcase Time Out for Talent.  American producer John Nash suggested Columbus might host a new show, but he thought the band needed to change its name.  The following February the newly-reconstituted Ray Columbus and The Invaders began fronting four episodes of Club Columbus, which was syndicated throughout the country.  At that time, Ray Columbus was 19 years-of-age.