Rudolf Schenker is a co-founder of the Scorpions songwriter and band leader.
Rudolf Schenker (born August 31, 1948 in Hildesheim) grew up in Sarstedt near Hildesheim as the son of a civil engineer. At the age of 17 he founded his first band in 1965, which soon after became the Scorpions. After leaving school, he learned the profession of high-voltage electrician, which subsequently also benefited his band in the event of technical problems. Later he also learned the profession of photographer. Since the Scorpions often had to struggle with financial problems in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Schenker photographed bands he was friends with at their concerts, thus filling the band's budget; Schenker took the first Scorpions band photos with a self-timer. In 2007, early Schenker photographs were exhibited in a gallery in Los Angeles. He developed his vision early on, "to play with the Scorpions wherever there is an outlet" and one day to be one of the 30 biggest rock bands - a vision that finally came true 20 years after the band was founded.