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  • Ringo Starr and his girlfriend repeatedly danced to one Marvin Gaye song.
  • Ringo and his girlfriend loved going to different clubs.
  • The Gaye song in question became a major international hit.
Marvin Gaye singing songs with a microphone
Marvin Gaye | Gijsbert Hanekroot / Contributor

The Beatles‘ Ringo Starr and his girlfriend liked to go out partying. Subsequently, Ringo’s girlfriend revealed which Marvin Gaye song they liked to dance to twice during each club visit. In addition, the singer’s girlfriend revealed what food she liked to eat at a club with the former Beatle.

A DJ knew to play 1 Marvin Gaye song when Ringo Starr and his girlfriend entered the club

According to Goldmine, Ringo was in a relationship with Nancy Lee Andrews from 1974 to 1980. Ringo and Andrews met through John Lennon. In the 2015 book Ringo: With a Little Help, Andrews discussed partying with Ringo.

“We loved to go to the discos in Monte Carlo and Regine’s was our favorite,” Andrews said. “The DJ knew that we loved ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine‘ by Marvin Gaye and would play it at least twice while we were there.”

Ringo Starr and his girlfriend felt one club had the best bangers and mash ever

The “Photograph” singer apparently had some moves. “Ringo would jump up and pull me to the dance floor,” Andrews recalled. “He had moves that were so simple but looked so good.”

Andrews revealed what she and Ringo liked to eat while clubbing.” Also we loved to go to Tramp in London … they had the best bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes),” she remembered. “We would gobble it down around 2 a.m. before we went home. If other women wanted to dance with Ringo they didn’t ask — they knew I would scratch their eyes out.”

Marvin Mitchelson and Nancy Lee Andrew in front of a bookshelf
Marvin Mitchelson and Nancy Lee Andrews | Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

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How Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ performed on the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” became a huge hit. Gaye’s version of the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks — a longer time than any of his other No. 1 singles. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” stayed on the chart for 15 weeks in total. Gaye released the song on his album In the Groove. The album peaked at No. 63 on the Billboard 200, staying on the chart for 27 weeks.

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was a massive hit in the United Kingdom too. According to The Official Charts Company, the song was No. 1 in the U.K. for three of its 15 weeks on the chart. None of Gaye’s other singles hit No. 1 there. Meanwhile, In the Groove never charted in the U.K.

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was a huge hit — and it meant something to a Beatle.