Monckton’s collaborator on innumerable Gaiety shows, Ivan Caryll (1861–1921), was a bon viveur and larger-than-life character. Belgian by birth, he spent most of his mature years in Britain before moving to America. It was actually for America that he composed The Pink Lady
(1911). This included the waltz song My Beautiful Lady
, which London arranger H M Higgs (1855–1929) made the principal melody of the waltz on themes from the show.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2000