On Harpo, Yorga, and Scream Blacula Scream

May 10, 2021

Off The Beaten Soundtrack Interviews Composer Bill Marx About His Film Music, Jazz, and His Famous Father

In Tim Ayers’ latest edition of his online radio program, Off The Beaten Soundtrack, he chats with composer Bill Marx, who talks about his father, Harpo Marx. Over the course of the hour-long interview, they also discuss his jazz music and film scores including cult classics from the 1970s for American International Pictures, including COUNT YORGA VAMPIRE, THE DEATHMASTER, and SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM.

Left: Composer Bill Marx. Right: Robert Quarry as Count Yorga, Vampire

“On this radio program I chatted recently with composer Bill Marx,” Ayers’ describes this episode. “Bill shares sentimental stories about his father, Harpo Marx, as well as Groucho. We discuss Bill’s schooling and early jazz music, and his film scores including cult horror movies from the 1970s for American International… We also hear his later solo piano music which is quite lovely.”

Listen to the interview here.

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