Robert J. Hughes (1916–1999) was born in Toronto, Canada. He held degrees in music from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Trinity College of Music (London, England), and a doctorate from Oxford University (England). Hughes served as organist-choirmaster in Toronto and as bandmaster for the Royal Canadian Air Force Band during World War II. He was senior editor at The Lorenz Corporation for several decades and composed numerous works for organ and choirs. Hughes also wrote music for the 1967 World's Fair (Expo 67 Montreal).