The most widely known of these are The Tigers (ザ・タイガース), who were Japan’s most popular band of the Group Sounds era. The group featured a singer named Kenji Sawada, and were signed to Watanabe Productions.
The group was first named Funnys and was formed in 1966. They changed their name to “The Tigers” on their first TV performance on 15 November 1966. They appeared in several Japanese movies in the late 1960s.
On 24th Jan. 1971, The Tigers held their last concert The Tigers Beautiful Concert at the Nippon Budokan. After The Tigers broke up, Sawada formed the first Japanese supergroup, PYG, in 1971.
In 1981, they reunited.
In 1969, the Bee Gees were hired to compose two songs for Sawada’s band, The Tigers (in the English language), in an attempt by the band to become an international success. One of the songs was a hit in Japan, titled “Smile For me” and sung by Sawada. In spite of his English pronunciation being clear and concise, the recording did not make the pop charts in foreign markets as the Watanabe Productions management team had hoped. The Tigers disbanded shortly after that record release.
2. The Tigers are an African-American trombone shout band led by Kenny Carr founded in 1956 in association with the Charlotte United House of Prayer.
3. The Tigers are a Perth band featuring Chris Cobilis, Chris Hudson, Guy Howlett, Oliver Nelson and Ben Basell. Their releases include
The Tigers, Christmas Album (Sensory Projects, CD, 2002)
The Tigers, It Hath Been Falsely Supposed…(CDEP, 2002)
The Tigers, Remixes (Sensory Projects, 2CD, 2001)
The Tigers, And With That… (CD/12”, 2000)
The Tigers, Space Coyote (CD 1999)
The Tigers, Death From Above (CDEP, 1998)
Edited by ashdinosaur on 15 Jan 2012, 12:44
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