So chances are you’ve felt neglected by someone you care about. You love them with all your heart and they just take you for granted. Well nobody seems to know your pain like Ella Fitzgerald in her rendition of “I Got it Bad (And That Ain’t Good).”

Paul Francis Webster also knew that pain; he wrote the lyrics, and Duke Ellington the music, in 1941. Ella recorded it that year on Decca Records. Despite a friendship that spanned decades, the “First Lady of Song” and Duke only collaborated a few times, and only late in their careers.

This episode was co-written by Syracuse University student Megala Sankrith as part of the Sound Beat Class Partnership.