2008 release, an installment in this luxuriously packaged collection that highlights the history of Country music year by year, beginning in 1945 right up through 1970. The series is compiled an annotated by Grammy-winning Colin Escott. The big hits are here, but so are the classic performances that weren't necessarily big hits at the time, but became influential in the years ahead. Every volume has incredibly detailed behind-the-scenes stories, fabulously rare photos, and an ongoing history of Country music set against the backdrop of the broader American music business. 1950 features the breakthrough recordings by Hank Snow, Webb Pierce, Carl Smith, and Lefty Frizzell plus hits by Hank Williams, Red Foley, Eddy Arnold, Gene Autry, and Ernest Tubb. Bear Family.