There are at least three bands with the name the Tigers. 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.