Happy birthday, Frank.
On Sinatra’s birthday (he was born Dec. 12, 1915), LIFE presents photos from 1965 of the man LIFE magazine called “the most controversial, powerful and surprising entertainer around.” See the photos here.
Pictured: In Miami in 1965, Frank Sinatra tosses a tablecloth after yanking it from a cluttered tabletop.
** As a person who has dealt with these contact sheets in the past, there were many, many photos of Frank yanking the tablecloth. Apparently his specialty? — AL