About Us

Readymade Music is a service aimed at providing stock band arrangements of songs for TV singers, band singers ,club singers, talent quest entrants and the like.

Readymade Music is a joint venture between two of Sydney’s most experienced musician/arrangers, John Coker and Rick Best. Seven years ago they decided to pool their resources and offer a wide range of stock arrangements for TV and band singers, cabaret, talent quests and the like as well as an arranging service providing high quality individually prepared arrangements.

John Coker
John arrived in Australia from New Zealand in 1969 to play bass in Ricky May's band. After two years with Ricky in Surfers Paradise he moved to Sydney and worked around the hotels and clubs. He played on two Daly Wilson Big Band albums and co-led the house band at Rooty Hill RSL for three years. In 1978 he joined Marcia Hines band and toured extensively with her before joining Jon English. He was with Jon eight years in all, the last three years as musical director. He toured Scandinavia twice with Jon and made numerous trips around Australia and New Zealand. Also during this time he played bass on four of Jon's albums, co-writing several of the songs and also co-writing some material from Jon's rock opera Paris.

After Jon he joined Julie Anthony and toured Australia. John completed both the jazz and arranging courses at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has prepared arrangements for many TV and cabaret acts. He has backed many international artists and worked at the famous Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar for fourteen years while also performing on the Sydney Showboat on Sydney harbour. He also worked with many artists around Sydney such as Marty Rhone, Eddie Youngblood, (Elvis Show), Deane Bourne (Roy Orbison), Maureen Elkner (Dusty Springfield),John St. Peeters, and John Rowles .He also takes a band to Vanuatu on a regular basis. In January 2005 John was asked to put together a Jazz - Blues band to take to the Nelson Jazz Festival in New Zealand. This trip was very successful. John also did an Australia wide tour with 'The Fiddlers Festival'  featuring 'Marcus Holden, Clare O'Meara and Mark Oats. The band also played at the 'Gympie Muster' and then went on to Japan and performed at Expo 2005 in Nagoya. The Fiddlers also did the Port Fairy Music Festival in March of that year. In August 2006 he went to the Lorient Celtic Festival in France and played with the Fiddlers Feast for a very successful season. In September 2006 The Fiddlers returned to Japan for performances in Osaka and Tokyo.  In May 2007 John played Bass on the 'Magic Motown Tour' which played to packed houses thru-out Australia and New Zealand.. John is currently  back in Sydney playing with various artists and bands as well as being in demand as a writer arranger.

 

Rick Best
Rick has been a professional performer and arranger for over 30 years. His experience in the entertainment industry has been wide-ranging including clubs, hotels restaurants and all manner of private functions. Between 1967 and 1975 he performed at numerous venues in and around Sydney. During these years Rick backed many international artists. In 1975 Rick formed the group that was to become Compared To What, featuring singer Kerrie Biddell. Early in 1979 Rick travelled to Japan to take up a position as pianist/arranger for a touring Continental group.

He remained overseas for almost four years performing in Asia and Europe. Upon returning to Sydney in 1983 Rick took over as musical director at the Mandarin Club in Sydney, a position which he held for just over five years. He then had his own band at Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club. In recent years he has toured with artists such as Doug Parkinson, The Drifters and John Rowles. He is currently playing at the Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and the Illawarra Catholic Club as well as backing many other artists in and around Sydney.