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