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"C.C. Waterback"
Single by Merle Haggard and George Jones
from the album A Taste of Yesterday's Wine
B-side"After I Sing All My Songs"
ReleasedDecember 1982
Genre Country
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)Merle Haggard
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Merle Haggard singles chronology
" Going Where the Lonely Go"
"C.C. Waterback"
" Reasons to Quit"
George Jones singles chronology
" Yesterday's Wine"
"C.C. Waterback"
" Shine On (Shine All Your Sweet Love on Me)"

"C.C. Waterback" is a song recorded by American country music artists Merle Haggard and George Jones. It was released in December 1982 as the second single from the album A Taste of Yesterday's Wine. The song reached #10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. [1] The song was written by Haggard.


The song tells the story of a wild party "at the Jones' place" and the hangover that followed. At one point Merle laments that the woman he brought to the party "wound up in Jones' bed and I wound up on the floor." The track also features a New Orleans horn section.

The title of the song refers to a shot of Canadian Club whisky with a water chaser. While celebrating his new hit song in 1983 at a large Texas club, Merle Haggard bought a round of drinks for more than 5,000 fans in attendance, earning a spot in Guinness World Records that stood for decades. [2]

Chart performance

Chart (1982–1983) Peak
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard) [3] 10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 18


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits 1944-2006: Second edition. Record Research. p. 148.
  2. ^ Felton, Priscilla. "Merle Haggard's Record For Buying the Largest Round Busted". Wine and Spirits. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  3. ^ "Merle Haggard Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.