"Big Spender" is a song written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the musical play Sweet Charity. A hit version of the song by Shirley Bassey reached No. 21 on the U.K. charts in December 1967.
"Big Spender" has been covered by many artists, and has often appeared as a pop-culture reference in another work, including the following:
Queen, who used to perform it live in the early '70's, and also performed it live at Wembley Stadium on July 12th, 1986.
Peggy Lee, who recorded the song in 1966. Her rendition became a hit on the U.S. Easy Listening charts in that year.
Bette Midler covered this song for her Peggy Lee tribute album Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook which was released in 2005.
In an episode of British Asian sketch comedy show Goodness Gracious Me, The cast perform a parody of the song called "Big Spinster".
In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer performs the song at a yard sale with new lyrics to reflect the merchandise he is promoting.
In Hou Hsiao-hsien's 1987 film Daughter of the Nile, the song plays twice from Lin Hsiao-fang's restaurant.
In Grounded for Life Sean has it approved for his daughter Lily to perform Big Spender at her school talent show.
The song Roc-A-Fella Billionaires by Freeway featuring Jay-Z samples Helen Gallagher's version of the song.
In European Vacation, Mrs. Griswold performs "Big Spender" with exotic dancing while Clark (her husband) video tapes it.
Shirley Bassey has performed it numerous times, most notably for the 80th birthday of Prince Philip. Also at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival.
- Also the name of a television show on A&E starring Larry Winget