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Zakary Thaks

One of the better garage bands from the ’60s, and something of the greatest teenage rock sets of all period, Zakary Thaks released a half-dozen regionally distributed singles in 1966 and 1967; some had been hits within their hometown of Corpus Christi, TX, but non-e were heard somewhere else until they accomplished renown among ’60s enthusiasts. Greatly indebted (as had been so many rings) to R&B-influenced English heavyweights just like the Rocks, the Kinks, as well as the Yardbirds, the group added a solid dollop of Tx raunch with their fuzzy, distorted guitars and hell-bent energy. Most of all, these were first-rate songwriters, using the breakneck “Poor Lady” (later on put together on Pebbles, Vol. 2), “Won’t KEEP COMING BACK,” the cigarette smoking “In person,” “Can’t You Hear Your Daddy’s Footsteps,” as well as the folk-rock/Merseybeat cross “Please” rank among the very best echelon of American ’60s garage area rock and roll. Their 1967 singles discovered the group getting into psychedelic place; some tunes betrayed a Moby Grape impact, and some great melodic numbers had been diluted by poppy plans that recalled the Buckinghams and Lawn Roots. Lead vocalist Chris Gerniottis, just 15 when Zakary Thaks started making records, became a member of another interesting Corpus Christi garage area/psychedelic group, the Liberty Bell.

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