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The Shop Girl
First line:
I'm what folks call a 'Johnnie', of the title I'm proud
first performed on 24 November 1894 at the Gaiety Theatre
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No 20: Beautiful bountiful Bertie  I'm what folks call a 'Johnnie', of the title I'm proud

The Shop Girl
It was The Shop Girl (Gaiety, 24 November 1894) that began the Gaiety series, with a story about the search for an heiress among a team of shop girls. George Grossmith junior, son of the leading comedian of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, was a man-about-town who introduced himself as Beautiful bountiful Bertie. Grossmith wrote his own words for the song, including mention of The Gaiety Girl and Morocco Bound, two other musical comedies of the time.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2008

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