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The top-notch songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King came up with Pleasant Valley Sunday for The Monkees in 1967.

It became one of their biggest hits, partly due to Mickey Dolenz’ characteristic vocals and Mike Nesmith’s opening guitar riff (with a nod to George Harrison, of course). The song includes a couple of syncopated strumming patterns, as well as quite a few barre chords.