Circa: 1968 – 1969
Home town: Salisbury
- Rob Zipper – Vocals & harmonica
- Benny Miller – Lead guitar
- Leigh Sagar – Rhythm guitar
- Alan Zipper – Bass
- Billy Toon – Drums
- Martin Jackson – Flute
- Angus McLean – Saxophone & keyboards
Whilst studying at the University of Rhodesia, and under the guidance of childhood friend, Benny Miller, a group of like-minded blues-loving students formed the BLUES CRUSADE. Originally intended as a weekend pursuit the band quickly grew a fan base and were in demand. The band appeared at the Bulawayo Texan Rock Band Contest in 1968, alongside another ground-breaking local band, THE ELECTRIC FLAG, but were unplaced in the prizes. As a band member commented,”they just didn’t get it”.
In due course the band transitioned to the OTIS WAYGOOD BLUES BAND.